Cape Fear Community College trustees have halted their hunt for a new president. The college says timing and competition were key factors in the decision. A CFCC spokesperson says there are too many North Carolina schools looking for presidents and too few candidates left in the running. Months of searching, interviewing and public forums and still no new leader. Cape fear community college has suspended its search for the time being. "There's about ten different schools out there right now that are going to be looking for presidents in North Carolina," Spokesperson, David Hardin said, "So the market is pretty tight for college presidents right now." Of the five finalists for the job, two withdrew their names. Ray Hoy, the president of Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, Maryland, decided he'd rather stay close to his family. Also, Scott Ralls, the president of craven community college in New Bern says he's staying there. The other three finalists were also candidates for other presidential jobs. "We hope that if we wait some of the other searches that are going on will be finished and we'll be able to ramp up again," Hardin said. The Board of Trustees won't start its search for another few months but the presidential seat isn't left empty. Current Cape Fear Community College President Eric McKeithan has put his future plans on hold. "They asked if I would consider extending my retirement and that was a pretty easy decision," CFCC President Eric McKeithan said. A decision, McKeithan says, will most likely put off his retirement for more than a year. Its one he's not regretting. "This is a fabulous institution and i don't want to see the institution falter any at all, McKeithan said." And one he thinks his wife will like too. "I think my wife may be pleased that she doesn't have to deal with me on a 24/7 basis," McKeithan said. The three candidates that were still in the running have been notified of the suspended search. They will be considered for the job if they don't take one somewhere else.
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