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CFCC streamlines under first-year president, pressure from Raleigh

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Cape Fear Community College has already gone through many changes under the leadership of first-year president Ted Spring. Some of those changes have been by choice. Some have been forced upon the school from Raleigh.

When Dr. Spring took over at CFCC last year, one of his first actions was to do an assessment of every department in an effort to make changes based on the needs of students and faculty.

"As a part of that reorganization, some people got new titles and some people shifted from one division to another division basically to try and streamline the operation a little bit," CFCC spokesman David Hardin said.

Hardin says the reorganization helped curb spending, but a directive from Raleigh asked the school to further reduce spending.

"A lot of publicly-funded institutions from the state got a memo from the governor's office to try to be as conservative as we can to be able to make some funds available for some initiatives that the governor would like to take on," Hardin said. "We're doing our part to make sure we're only spending money on the critical areas."

But the definition of critical areas has led at least one person to email WWAY asking why some faculty travel has been cut, while President Spring is still hitting the road.

"If you've got plans to travel, or if you have a work-related trip, can that wait until the first of the fiscal year when the new budget starts? Is it absolutely essential or mission-critical to go ahead and take that in? We're just taking a closer look at all of those travel request," Hardin said.

We wanted to talk with President Spring about the changes, but he was not available. He is traveling. Hardin says he's attending a conference he's required with community college presidents from across the state.

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