Mesalands Schedules Interviews, Public Forums for President Finalists

QCS Staff

Mesalands Community College’s Board of Trustees will give college staff, community leaders and residents a chance to meet each of the three presidential finalist during  public forums beginning on Monday.

The board of trustees announced the three finalists for Mesalands’ vacant president position on Monday during a special board meeting.

The finalists are as follows: Kris Jamsa from Prescott, Ariz., Thomas W. Newsom from McKinney, Texas and  Mark VanDenHende from Eugene, Ore.

Each candidate has been invited to Mesalands for additional interviews with the board of trustees and tours of the campus, said Jim Streetman, trustee and presidential screening committee chairman.

Streetman said the board will interview one finalist on  Monday, one on Wednesday and one on Friday.  Along with the interviews and campus tours, the finalists will each attend a public forum held from 1 p.m., – 2 p.m., in  Room E701 at the North American Wind Research and Training Center on the Mesalands campus.

Streetman said everyone is welcome to attend the public forums and assist the college in selecting the next president of Mesalands.

Currently 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 of trustees unanimously voted to fire president Mildred Lovato. The decision followed an executive session held during a special meeting on Oct. 31.

The board hasn’t given a cause for Lovato’s termination.

Public forum schedule

1 p.m., – 2 p.m., Monday, June 24
Kris Jamsa

1 p.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, June 26
Mark VanDenHende

1 p.m.-2 p.m., Friday, June 28
Thomas W. Newsom

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