Mesalands president finalists selected

Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Writer
At a special meeting Monday, the Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees selected three finalists for the vacant president’s position.
The candidates are: Kris Jamsa of Prescott, Ariz.; Thomas Newsom of McKinney, Texas; and Mark VanDenHende of Eugene, Ore.
The candidates will be invited to the college for public interviews, currently scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week, said J. Bronson Moore, chairman of the board of trustees, although it has not been determined which candidate will interview on which day.
After interviews with candidates on Saturday, the board narrowed their candidate list from five to three, said Jim Streetman, trustee and presidential screening committee chairman.
Natalie Gillard, vice president of academic affairs, and Aaron Kennedy, vice president of student affairs, share oversight of the college’s daily operations.
Gillard and Kennedy have been co-managing Mesalands since Oct. 31, when the board voted to fire president Mildred Lovato. The decision followed an executive session held during a special meeting on Oct. 31.
The board has not given a cause for Lovato’s termination.

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