Meet Our New President


Carteret Community College’s fifth president, Dr. John Hauser started July 3rd.

Dr. Hauser was chosen follwing a six-month search effort that attracted 65 candidates.
“We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Hauser joining us as the college’s new president,” said Dr. Matt Zettl, Chairman of the CCC Board of Trustees. “With his experience as a creative leader, the College can look forward to further development of existing programs, and exploration and initiation of new opportunities. We expect he will serve the College and community well.”Dr. Hauser comes to CCC from Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina where he served as Vice President of Applied Career Technologies and Alleghany Center.

“I am honored for the opportunity to build on the remarkable legacy by the predecessors of Carteret Community College,” said Dr. John Hauser. “Carteret has established itself as one of the state’s foremost comprehensive community colleges, marked by excellence in arts and sciences education for transfer students, leadership in scholarship and technical expertise across all disciplines, and an unsurpassed culture of innovation and service in workforce development it provides to support the region’s economy. It will be a privilege to join the Carteret team and community and lead this extraordinary institution.”

Dr. Hauser earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Appalachian State University. He has spent 19 years in the North Carolina Community College System, with 10 years of administrative responsibilities. He had been Vice President at Wilkes Community College since 2011.“Over the next few months Dr. Hauser will be meeting with members of the College community, as well as members of the greater Carteret County community,” said Dr. Matt Zettl. “The Board hopes all citizens will give Dr. Hauser the warm welcome and community support that is a hallmark of our  county.”

“In coming months, I plan to listen and learn from faculty, staff, students, trustees and alumni to understand more fully the many existing and future opportunities facing the college, and to hear their aspirations for this great institution,” said Dr. Hauser. “I am excited to work with all members of the community to drive Carteret to even greater heights.”
Dr. Hauser began his career at Wilkes Community College in 1997 as a Director of Industry Services and moved his way up to Executive Director, Dean and finally Vice President. Dr. Hauser has served as an adjunct professor in the Higher Education Program at Appalachian
State University. Before his career in education, Dr. Hauser was a mechanical and plant industrial engineer.
“My wife Robin and I look forward to developing new relationships in Carteret County and becoming active members of the community,” said Dr. Hauser.
The Hausers have two children. Their daughter Logan is a sophomore at NC State University majoring in Fashion and Textile Management with a concentration in Fashion Development and Product Design. Their son Carter will be attending Catawba College in the fall on a basketball scholarship and plans to major in Education. The Hausers also have a 12-year old Yellow Lab named Charlie, and a Lionhead rabbit named Bunny.