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9:07 PM Sun, Sept. 23rd

College sets wish list of credentials for next president

PRESCOTT – If he or she meets 23 desirable qualifications, challenges and opportunities, the future president of Yavapai College should be a good fit.

The Yavapai College District Governing Board Friday approved a list of four preferred minimum qualifications, six challenges and opportunities, and 13 ideal characteristics of the school's next president. (See related story, Page 9A.)

Board members made it clear that they want a president who, among other things, will work and communicate well with other campus constituencies, who will advocate for Yavapai College in the Legislature and who will help the college grow in a drastically changing economy.

Also Friday, the governing board approved a draft search calendar, which has a new president starting work in October.

With Friday's vote, the board completed February's tasks of appointing a search committee and a search liaison, having the first committee meeting and adopting Friday's list.

The calendar shows that in March, the presidential search firm – the Association of Community College Trustees – will develop a final recruiting brochure and begin recruiting, including through advertise-ments.

David Pierce, the ACCT representative, will continue to develop the candidate pool through April.

Board Secretary Paul Madden, who also serves on the selection committee, said he'd like ACCT to provide the committee with about 20 applicants for screening. The board agreed to this, with the addition that all applications will be available to the committee.

In May, the committee will read applications and meet to select four or five semi-finalists and to prepare questions for interviewing them.

The committee will meet again in June to interview semi-finalists and select finalists. The board then will begin finalist interviews.

During that month, finalists will attend open forums at Yavapai College campuses so that college constituencies and community members can meet them and learn, as Pierce said, "who they are, what they think and how they think."

In July, the board will make a tentative presidential selection and then will visit the candidate's campus before making a final appointment and settling on a final contract.

Visiting the candidate's campus, board member Donna Michaels said, will give board members a chance to see "firsthand the climate and chemistry of the leadership."

In August, campus constituencies will prepare for the arrival of the new president, who will assume duties in September or October.

Pierce reminded the board to maintain patience while the 17-member presidential selection committee completes its job.

"Have trust and confidence in the search committee," he said. "You will be amply rewarded if you can maintain your patience."

Yavapai College Interim President Michael T. Murphy announced Thursday the names of the members of the selection committee and they met Thursday to come up with the list that the board approved Friday.

Contact the reporter at heller@prescottaz.com