NEW INFO: Suspended community college president resigns

Published: Jul. 5, 2019 at 10:35 AM EDT
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The embattled community college president here in Eastern Carolina who has been on suspension for nearly two months is quitting his job.

Dr. Paul Hutchins was suspended by Martin Community College trustees back in May for undisclosed reasons.

Board of Trustees chair Dwayne Baker confirmed to WITN News that the board Tuesday night accepted Hutchins' resignation. The resignation is effective July 31st.

Hutchins started at MCC on March 1st of last year after a stint as president at Sampson Community College.

He replaced Dr. Ann Britt, who was asked to step down as president by the state board in 2016 after 17 years at the college because of fiscal management and lack of leadership.

Dr. Brian Busch has been acting president of the community college and will stay in that position until the end of the month. Dr. Ken Boham will then return as interim president, a job he filled for more than a year before Hutchins was hired.

When Hutchins was suspended, so was dean of administrative services and capital project coordinator Steve Taylor. At last check, he was still off the job.