By Michelle Seeber
Beverlee McClure, president of Clovis Community College, is one of two finalists for the president’s position at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas.
McClure did not return telephone messages left at her office and her home on Tuesday.
Cile Spelce, executive director of public information and media relations at ACC, said the college’s board of trustees selected McClure at a meeting Monday night.
McClure, chief executive officer for all operations of CCC, has a doctorate degree in education from the University of Texas in Austin, Spelce said.
Spelce said McClure was selected as a finalist because, “she has the credentials, the background and leadership skills needed for the position. Having graduated from the University of Texas, she also is familiar with the area.”
Roberto Aguero, vice chancellor of educational affairs at the Dallas Community College District, is the only other finalist for the position, Spelce said.
Aguero is second-in-command for seven Dallas campuses and the college’s 150,000 students, Spelce said.
Aguero operates the district under a $300 million annual budget. He has a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from Pennsylvania State University, Spelce said.
McClure and Aguero were selected for similar reasons, Spelce said.
ACC Board Chairman Rafael Quintanilla said both candidates have a strong depth of knowledge of the Austin area and of community colleges.
As part of the finalist selection process, McClure and Aguero are expected to meet ACC board members and other people at the college the week of March 22, Spelce said.
Three weeks after their meeting, a decision will be made.
“The board is hoping to make an offer in April and have the position filled in June,” Spelce said.
The new president will replace Richard Fonte, who left Jan. 5 to accept a position in Washington, D.C., with the “We the People” initiative.
With an annual budget of $111 million, ACC serves more than 70,000 students in Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Blanco, Burnet and Gillespie counties in Texas.
Stephen Kinslow, executive vice president of academic, student and campus affairs, is serving as interim president.
He did not apply for the job, Spelce said.