The Search for the New President Continues
With Dr. Stephens’ retirement approaching, the search for SFSC’s next president is underway. So far, 18 candidates have applied, and applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
To help advise the search, the district board of trustees has hired search consultant Dr. Jeff Hockaday to recommend and review candidates. Dr. Hockaday previously worked with the district board of trustees during the presidential search that brought Dr. Stephens to SFSC.
A 25-member screening committee made up of students, SFSC employees, trustees, and other members of the community was also formed to aid in the search. The screening committee was selected by the district board of trustees to represent their particular communities, for their diversity in backgrounds and perspectives, and for their understanding of the college and its mission. “We particularly wanted people who have a great love and concern for our communities,” said Tami Cullens, chair, District Board of Trustees.
Dr. Hockaday and Susie Hale, director, Human Resources, will begin reviewing candidate applications on Feb. 11, and the screening committee is set to review the selected applications beginning Feb. 19. Each committee member will then present a list of their top 10 at a meeting on Feb. 26.
Once the semifinalists are determined, they will then submit a video that addresses the criteria set forth in the presidential profile. The screening committee will review all of the videos and then recommend a group of five to seven candidates to the district board of trustees for further consideration on March 19.
“Our economy and our region are depending on us to recommend the right candidates to the district board of trustees,” said Ken Lambert, screening committee chair and trustee. “We will present candidates who will build upon the heritage of the past and lead us into a bright and different future.”
Final candidate interviews are expected to run through April with the final selection being made at a special board meeting in May. The new SFSC president is expected to begin July 1.