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Presidential search brings four forward
Posted: 4/8/2014 The next president of Centralia College could be selected from a pool of four candidates. Dates are set for those four individuals to visit the college, according to Julie Ledford, Centralia College vice president for Human Resources and Legal Affairs.

The Presidential Search Committee, with college and community members appointed by the college’s board of trustees, has gone through a series of screenings to identify the four candidates the college is moving forward.

“We are very pleased with the quality of the individuals who want to be president of the college,” Ledford said.

Ledford said the individual on-campus interviews will take place April 21, 29, and May 1 and 2, and will include campus and community open forums. The board is expected to select the next president in early May.

The new president will take office beginning July 1, following the retirement of Dr. Jim Walton. Walton has held the office for 12 years.

The candidates are: Dr. Nathan Church, provost, World Education University, Rancho Mirage, Calif.; Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge, interim president, Sylvania campus of Portland Community College, Portland, Ore.; Ivan L. Gorne, JD, vice president of Student Services, Facilities and Operations, Bates Technical College, Tacoma, Wash.; and Dr. Robert A. Frost, interim superintendent/president, College of the Siskiyous, Weed, Calif.

The college has partnered in the search process with Dr. Donny Hunter, president and CEO of the North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees, and president of National Search and Education Consulting.

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April 10, 2014 7:23 PM

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