Dr. John Hauser started his position as the fifth president of Carteret Community College (CCC) in July, coming to CCC from Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, where Hauser served as vice president of applied career technologies and Alleghany Center since 2011. He has spent 19 years in the NC Community College System, with 10 years of administrative responsibilities.
“We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Hauser join us as the college’s new president,” said Dr. Matt Zettl, chairman of the CCC Board of Trustees. “With his experience as a creative leader, the College can look forward to further development of existing programs, and exploration and initiation of new opportunities.”
Dr. Hauser earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Appalachian State University. He began his career at Wilkes Community College in 1997 as a director of industry services and moved his way up to executive director, dean and finally vice president. Before his career in education, Dr. Hauser was a mechanical and plant industrial engineer.
“In coming months, I plan to listen and learn from faculty, staff, students, trustees and alumni to understand more fully the many existing and future opportunities facing the college, and to hear their aspirations for this great institution,” said Dr. Hauser. “I am excited to work with all members of the community to drive Carteret to even greater heights. I’m also looking forward to getting to know the people who make up our surrounding community.”
Having been involved in Career and College Promise (the high school dual enrollment program) and SkillsUSA (workforce skills competition) at his previous college, Hauser is excited about Carteret Community College’s growth in those areas. The college’s enrollment growth this past year is in large part due to an over 100% increase in dual-enrolled high school and home-schooled students. In June, Carteret saw its first gold medal winner in the SkillsUSA national championship in Louisville, Ken. The college is growing and expanding its use of technology and building programs through the use of 3D printers, drones, and a 5-axis CNC router – all to better prepare the local workforce.
Dr. Hauser said the college is pushing forward with its exciting new hospitality & culinary arts project, with a projected ground-breaking in May of 2018. In addition, he notes that the Carteret Community College Foundation has a smorgasbord of new and existing events on the 2017-2018 calendar to raise money for students and programs and enrich the cultural life of the community.
"I’m incredibly proud of Carteret Community College and look forward to leading and growing our college over the next year and beyond."
Dr. Hauser and his wife Robin moved to Beaufort. The Hausers have two children. Their daughter Logan is a sophomore at NC State University majoring in fashion and textile management with a concentration in fashion development and product design. Their son Carter is attending his first year at Catawba College on a basketball scholarship and plans to major in education. The Hausers also have a 12-year old yellow lab named Charlie, and a lionhead rabbit named Bunny.
“My wife Robin and I look forward to developing new relationships in Carteret County and becoming active members of the community,” said Dr. Hauser.