Search for new Columbia Gorge Community College president underway

Survey seeks community input, closes March 16

A national search is under way for Columbia Gorge Community College’s next president.

College board members in February selected the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, to help recruit the institution’s next president.

“The board is committed to conducting an equitable, inclusive, and transparent national search that will attract a strong and diverse pool of candidates from throughout Oregon and the nation,” said board chair Tim Arbogast.

“ACCT has conducted more than 750 community college searches, and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our process,” Arbogast noted. ACCT’s mission is to strengthen community college governance through education and advocacy. Dr. Luke Robins will be the ACCT search consultant.

Dr. Marta Yera Cronin, CGCC president since 2018, announced in January her selection as president of Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania. Dr. Cronin will continue as CGCC’s president through June 2023.

The entire community is invited to participate in an electronic survey on the characteristics and qualifications for CGCC’s next president. The survey also invites people to identify opportunities and challenges for the college. Responses are anonymous and will inform a draft presidential profile.

The survey is available at

Responses are due  by noon Thursday, March 16.

The college board will appoint a broad-based, representative search committee to review applications, interview semifinalists, and identify final candidates for consideration by the full board. Finalists will be announced publicly.

Finalists will participate in open forums at the college, probably in early June. All employees, students, and community members will be invited.

CGCC’s website will provide updates on a dedicated web page. Questions and suggestions are welcome. These may be directed to ACCT search consultant Luke Robins,, (501) 276-0996.

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Search Begins for Next President of Midland College, TX

The Midland College Board of Trustees announced that it has begun a national search to identify the next President of Midland College (MC). William “Bill” Holda, Ed.D., will serve as the ACCT search consultant and assist the District Board and college community throughout the process. The search follows the retirement announcement of current Midland College President, Dr. Steve Thomas, who has served the college since 2008.

Public forums to solicit input on the search process will be held on February 1. Members of the Midland College community and general public will be able to participate and assist the college to develop a comprehensive Presidential Profile that defines ideal characteristics and qualifications of the next President.

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Bermuda College Seeks Input On New President

Bermuda College is seeking input from the community on the selection of its new president, following the retirement of Dr. Duranda Greene at the end of the academic year.

A spokesperson said, “College Board Chairman, Jerome Reid has noted that the Board is committed to “conducting an equitable, inclusive, transparent and comprehensive search that will attract a strong and diverse pool of candidates.” An important step in the presidential search is the development of a presidential profile. To assist in this effort, the Board, which is overseeing the presidential search effort, is inviting the public to complete an anonymous, electronic survey by January 20, 2023, that will be instrumental in the creation of the presidential profile.

“Additionally, members of the public are being invited to participate in one of three public, one-hour forums that will be held on January 24 at the College campus.  Participants are expected to engage in a wide-ranging discussion about the qualities, characteristics and qualifications of the new president, as well as offer input into the opportunities and challenges facing the College in the years to come.

“Last year in announcing Dr. Greene’s retirement, the Chair thanked the outgoing president for 37 years of distinguished service to the institution, noting “through her outstanding leadership, she has positioned Bermuda College, as the Island’s only tertiary education institution, to take full advantage of opportunities that present themselves, and has created a strong legacy of academic and financial progress for the institution.”

“Both the electronic survey link and details about the one-hour public forums are available on the Bermuda College website at”


District releases details of South Mountain Community College president search

The Maricopa County Community College District is conducting a search for candidates to replace Shari Olson, South Mountain Community College’s president, who is retiring  this summer.

The South Mountain Community College Search Committee and the Maricopa County Community College District invite applications and nominations for the position, officials said.

“We are looking for a future-focused, agile and innovative leader who can help build our community college system to become an even greater asset to our state,” said Dr. Steven R. Gonzales, MCCCD interim chancellor.

“I thank President Olson for her leadership and commitment to student success. She has remained committed to strengths-based leadership and developing the best in her students and colleagues.”

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Laredo College in Final Stages of Presidential Search Process

During their regular board meeting on Thursday, May 19, the Laredo College Board of Trustees met in executive session to discuss the employment of the college’s sole presidential finalist, Dr. Maria Minerva (Minita) Ramírez.

The board unanimously voted to move forward in extending an employment offer and beginning final negotiations. Upon Dr. Ramírez’s acceptance, the college will proceed with preparations for her transition into the position. She is expected to assume the office on July 1, 2022.

“We are in the final stages of officially having Dr. Minita Ramírez as our eighth college president and are excited to have an academic leader of her caliber take the reins at Laredo College,” Laredo College Board President Lupita Zepeda said. “We look forward to working together for our students and our community as we continue to uphold the standards of academic excellence, workforce development and innovation characteristic of our beloved college.”

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