Gaston College Welcomes President Hauser

Dr. John Hauser (pronounced Who-zer) will assume his position as Gaston College’s seventh President on Monday, June 1.

President of Gaston College

          Dr. John Hauser

A 15-member committee initially conducted the presidential search. Following a rigorous evaluation and selection process, Dr. Hauser emerged as the Gaston College Board of Trustees’ top choice to serve as the new president.

Dr. Hauser, former President of Carteret Community College, will bring over thirty years of leadership and administrative experience in the North Carolina Community College System to Gaston College. Prior to his appointment at Carteret, Dr. Hauser spent over 20 years at Wilkes Community College in a variety of leadership roles. He has served as Director of Industry Services; Executive Director, Northwest North Carolina, Advanced Materials Cluster; Dean of Industrial, Engineering and Customized Industry Training; Dean of Advanced Industrial & Health Technologies Division; and lastly Vice President of Applied Career Technologies and Alleghany Center.

In addition to serving in these roles, he also has many years of classroom experience as an adjunct professor and instructor at Appalachian State University and Surry Community College.

Dr. Hauser began his higher education journey by first earning an A.A.S., Drafting and Design Technology, from Surry Community College. He later earned a B.S.E.T., Mechanical Engineering Technology, from University of North Carolina Charlotte; an M.Ed., Training and Development, from North Carolina State University; and an Ed.D., Educational Leadership, from Appalachian State University. He is a Phi Theta Kappa Paragon President and holds numerous leadership certifications from North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina, and the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Institute.

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