CCC president search trimmed to five

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer

The hunt for a Clovis Community College president has been whittled down to five finalists.

An eight-member presidential search committee selected the quintet from a pool of 29 candidates, according to a CCC press release. The college board of trustees approved their recommendations during a Wednesday morning meeting.

Among the presidential finalists is Clovis native Becky Rowley, who currently serves as the interim president at the college. Rowley previously served CCC as the executive vice president under former president Beverlee McClure and has also taught English at the college. She received her doctorate in English from the University of New Mexico.

“I am excited I am among the finalists,” Rowley said. “I will just go forward and see what happens.”
Other finalists include:

• Eileen Ely — serves as the campus dean at Laramie County Community College in Wyoming and earned her doctorate in Community College Leadership from the University of Texas.

• Carl Heilman — served as the president of Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill., and earned his doctorate in professional studies from Iowa State University.

• Lynn Kreider — serves as the chief executive officer at Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe and earned his doctorate in educational innovation and leadership from Wilmington College in Delaware.

• John Neibling — serves as the vice president for instruction at the Scottsdale Community College in Arizona and earned his doctorate in educational administration and supervision from Arizona State University.

“These are five, well selected candidates. I want to publicly thank the committee for their diligent, hard work. I hope we will be able to make a decision soon,” CCC Board of Trustees Chairman Russell Muffley said during the meeting.

Interviews of the finalists will be conducted on the college campus in mid-April, the chairman said. They will include meetings with “various constituent groups including faculty, staff, and students,” as well as “campus and community tours,” Muffley said. Soon after, a president should be chosen, he said.

“The on-campus interviews,” Muffley said, “will allow for a more careful assessment of the leadership abilities for those chosen as finalists.”
The presidential position was vacated when McClure became the state’s first Secretary of Higher Education last summer.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, an audit report for the fiscal year 2004-2005 and the academic calender for the 2006-2007 school year where approved.