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R. Scott Ralls, Ph. D., became president of the North Carolina Community College System on May 1, 2008. The State Board of Community Colleges elected him to succeed retiring President H. Martin Lancaster.
President Ralls earned his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology and his master of arts in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Maryland. He did his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with highest distinction with a B.S. in industrial relations and psychology.
President Ralls came to the presidency after five successful years as president at Craven Community College in New Bern. Before moving to Craven, was the vice president for Economic and Workforce Development at the North Carolina Community College System, director of Economic Development at the System Office, and a director at the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
President Ralls is the son of a Methodist minister who served several churches in North Carolina, primarily in the western part of the state. He points to that early experience as a source of his deep appreciation for his native state and his commitment to helping create a prosperous future for North Carolinians through educational access and opportunity.