CCC president search winding down

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer

The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees expects to choose a new college president at an. April 26 board meeting, according to board president Russell Muffley.

Former CCC President Beverlee McClure stepped down from the position last summer to become the state’s first Secretary of Higher Education.

Two candidate interviews remained as of Wednesday, Muffley said. A campus tour and introductions to staff and faculty are included in the interview process, he said. Candidates are also introduced to community leaders during a dinner, Muffley said.

Five candidates were chosen to be interviewed from a pool of 29, college officials said. An eight-member presidential search committee whittled down the candidate pool during the winter.

“Just by their resumes, all five candidates are highly qualified, so our decision will not be an easy one,” Muffley said.

The new president’s salary will be depend on the candidate selected and will be negotiated along with a contract, according to Muffley.

McClure was one the highest paid officials in the county when she was CCC president, bringing in $160,000 annually in the final year of her tenure, according to David Pacheco, CCC vice president for finance and human resources.

Board member Terry Martin said has mixed feelings about naming McClure’s successor.

“I kind of feel happy and sad,” Martin said. “Sad we lost a good one. Happy we are going into a new era.”

First and foremost, a college president should be able to “work within the community,” Martin said.

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 McClure and has also taught English at the college. She received her doctorate in English from the University of New Mexico.

The four other finalists are:

• Eileen Ely — Campus dean at Laramie County Community College in Wyoming. 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. Earned his doctorate in professional studies from Iowa State University.

• Lynn Kreider — Chief executive officer at Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe, La. Earned his doctorate in educational innovation and leadership from Wilmington College in Delaware.

• John Neibling — Vice president for instruction at the Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Ariz. Earned his doctorate in educational administration and supervision from Arizona State University.