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(Neb)-WNCC Identifies Finalists For President

By: John Axtell Posted at: 10/26/2019 03:11 PM
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SCOTTSBLUFF - The Western Nebraska Community College board has released the identities of the 3 finalists to be the school's next president.

      The finalists are, in alphabetical order, Dr Timothy Alvarez, president of Otero Junior College, La Junta, Colo and a Scotts Bluff County native; Dr. Denise King, vice president for academic affairs at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, Tenn; and Dr. Carmen Simone, vice president and dean at the University of South Dakota Community College for Sioux Falls,

      Board chairman Lynne Klemke says WNCC "has a strong reputation and it showed in the number of distinguished candidates that applied for the position.”

     A search committee headed by Klemke worked with a consultant firm to trim the initial pool of candidates to a group of finalists. The board then spent 11 hours on Tuesday considering and vetting each one before settling on Alvarez, King, and Simone.

      Each finalist will come to the Scottsbluff campus on Wed, Nov 13, for their own 50-minute forum in the Harms Center open to the public as well as WNCC students, faculty, and staff. King will be there at 1:00, Alvarez at 2:00, and Simone at 3:00. Each will be online at livestream.com/WNCC/President.

      Klemke says the WNCC board is excited to move forward in the hiring process and give the public the chance to learn more about the candidates and see which one is best suited to serve the needs of WNCC students, staff, and service area.

      The public forums will followed a day later by board interviews with each finalist. Klemke says the hope is that board will make an offer by the end of that day and complete negotiations by the end of November, allowing the new president to start Jan 1st.

    WNCC President Emeritus and former state senator Dr John Harms, who came out of retirement to be interim president after Todd Holcomb left this summer for similar post in Iowa, will continue to serve until the new president assumes office.

     Biographies of the three finalists and additional information on the search process can be found on the WNCC Presidential Search webpage at wncc.edu/about-wncc/presidential-search.


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