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CFCC Interim President sends email about Spring's resignation

The Board of Trustees accepted Spring's resignation Thursday (Source: CFCC) The Board of Trustees accepted Spring's resignation Thursday (Source: CFCC)
Spring addressed the issue of reimbursements in the emails, saying there was “no smoking gun.” (Source: WECT) Spring addressed the issue of reimbursements in the emails, saying there was “no smoking gun.” (Source: WECT)
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Cape Fear Community College President Ted Spring resigned from his position Thursday after a closed session meeting of the Board of Trustees. 

As we reported in our investigative series this fall, Spring made a number of purchases on his college issued credit card that raised eyebrows. Following our report, he reimbursed the college for an airline ticket for his wife, upgrades to his choice of seating on the air travel, meals for his wife and alcohol purchased on that credit card. 

More recently, we learned Spring was receiving mileage reimbursements for a car he got from the college for free and did not have to pay to maintain. In light of all the reports coming out against Spring, he urged the Board of Trustees to avoid calling a special meeting earlier this month in an effort to keep the college unnecessarily out of the spotlight.

Vice President of Instructional Services Dr. Amanda Lee will take over as Interim President.

Lee, who spent much of her first day as interim in meetings, sent an email to the staff announcing the news.

"Today we find ourselves in a bit of shock and in a state of transition," she wrote. "Change often feels uncomfortable as does uncertainty. Please rest assured that the Board of Trustees is committed to making this transition as smooth as possible. I want to encourage you to focus on our students and why we are here. Let's continue to work towards making Cape Fear the best that it can be," Lee wrote concluding by saying, "it is an honor for me to represent you."

Former CFCC President Dr. Eric McKeithan said he approves of the Lee's appointment.

"She has tremendous leadership potential. I'm so happy that she's been selected to be interim president and quite frankly, she's the caliber of person that could provide long and esteemed service here or anywhere else for a long time," McKeithan said.

McKeithan explained that it's difficult to predict what discrepancies might arise in a high-profile position like President. 

"The truth of the matter is, when you go into one of these national searches, and you have someone come from somewhere else. You don't know how that person is going to perform here until they've been in place for a little bit of time. So, you can't write all those things into a contract so that's why the board of trustees has taken the steps that they need to take."

Meanwhile, board member and New Hanover County commissioner Woody White says he is hopeful for CFCC's future.

“CFCC has an incredible history of educating our citizens, and a very bright future ahead of it.  I am honored to be on the Board of Trustees and look forward to shaping that future as we begin the process of finding the very best person we can to lead it," White said.

Lee and  chairman Jason Harris both said they will most likely be able to speak about the direction of the school Monday.

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