One of Mesalands Community College’s trustees thinks the college’s search for a new president is going more smoothly than the last time around.
“It’s been a lot easier than it was when we hired Dr. Barry 15 years ago. Having the ACCT (Association of Community College Trustees) involved and them doing a lot of the major screening force is really, really helping. They’ve screened all their reference material and we should be getting that shortly,” Board of Trustees member and Presidential Screening Committee Chairman James Streetman said.
Streetman said the ACCT reviewed applications and narrowed the candidate pool to 17 people. The presidential screening committee conducted online webcam interviews with seven of those candidates.
Streetman said the college’s screening committee, which consists of college faculty, staff and community members, met on three different occasions and submitted five final candidates to the board of trustees, who interviewed the five candidates via webcam on Saturday and invited four finalists to interview in person next week.
According to a Mesalands press release, the presidential candidates include Larry Edwards from Oklahoma City, Jimmy Cargill from Glendive, Mont., Veldon Law from Las Vegas, Nev. and Mildred Lovato from Albuquerque.
Larry Edwards will interview Monday, followed by Jimmy Cargill on March 9, Veldon Law on March 10 and Mildred Lovato on March 11. The public forum interviews will be from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m on these days.
“I’m looking at everything and I’m looking for the best candidate. I can’t narrow it to one or two (qualities) because you’ve got to look at everything,” Streetman said. “We’re not trying to duplicate Dr. Barry. That’s not the thing, but we’ve got to have somebody that has got a lot of his credentials and with the expertise that’s going to take the college to the next level.”
Streetman said a majority vote will determine which candidate the trustees finally select.
“Whoever that candidate is is going to have some big shoes to follow,” Streetman said.