The State Board of N.C. Community Colleges is turning for a second time to William S. “Bill” Carver as interim president of the statewide community college system.

Carver takes over for Thomas Stith, whose resignation as president takes effect Friday. Carver previously served as interim president in 2020.

Carver served as president of Nash Community College from 2005 to 2019. Before taking that campus’ top job, he had worked there as “instructor, director of the Small Business Center, director of business and industry services, dean of continuing education and vice president of instruction,” according to a news release from the system office.

“During his tenure as president, Nash Community College expanded its campus and grew enrollment by 42%, while increasing online enrollment by 30%,” the release reported. “He launched successful strategic planning and fundraising initiatives there.”

The state board promises to “work quickly” to form a search committee for a new permanent president.