Crumpton, left, has been Lee County manager since 2007. Chapman, right, is a senior vice president with CCCC.

Three of the five finalists for Central Carolina Community College’s top job are already well known locally and have connections to the school, including Lee County Manager John Crumpton and former Central Carolina Community College Vice President Lisa Chapman.

CCCC announced the finalists in a press release Friday. President Bud Marchant announced in July that he will retire in April 2019.

Crumpton was hired as Lee County manager in 2007. He is a former county manager for Scotland County. According to the CCCC press release, he is also an adjunct professor for UNC and is nearing completion on a doctoral degree in community college leadership at Wingate University.

Chapman spent several years with CCCC as an instructor, a dean, and vice president. She is currently senior vice president and chief academic officer of the North Carolina Community College System Office in Raleigh. She holds a doctoral degree in education from UNC.

A third finalist, Brian Merritt, is vice president of learning and workforce development and the chief academic officer at CCCC. According to the press release he previously served as dean of student learning and director of grants, sponsored programs and alumni relations. He holds doctoral degree in education from Walden University

The other finalists are Shannon Kennedy, executive vice president of Cleveland Community College in Shelby, and Lisa Rhine, provost at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Va.

The CCCC Board of Trustees will conduct interviews with the finalists in December and January.

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