Highline looking for 'transformative' leader for VP

By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter





The new vice president search committee is looking for someone who is equity-driven, transformative, and focused.

Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jeff Wagnitz announced his retirement from the position, starting July 2019.

A vice president search committee has been put together to sift through and whittle down the new candidates for the role.

This committee includes 10 members.

The search committee consists "of faculty, staff and student representatives, appointed by the [college] president," said High- line President Dr. John Mosby.

Members are Chairperson Alice Madsen and Ay Saechao, representing administrative; Marta Reeves representing classified; Tracy Brigham, Shawna Freeman, Aaron Modica, Jason Ramirez, and Avery Viehmann representing faculty; James Watts as student representative; and Sue Williamson representing human resources.

The new vice president will need to have several important characteristics, including being service-oriented and focused, said Dr. Mosby.

"We're looking for a trans- formative leader, someone equity-driven, focused and service-oriented who understands the needs of staff, faculty, staff and the community," he said. "In addition, we're looking for an individual who understands the importance of enrollment management for college planning."

The search committee's next step includes meeting with Dr. Mosby, and creating a profile of what Highline is looking for in a vice president.

"The committee then meets with [me] to discuss the position, job duties and [to create] a job description which is then posted on our HR website and then submitted throughout various publications and networks for distribution," Dr. Mosby said.

The position is open for applicants on Feb. 8, and closes March 25.

The candidate screenings will take place from March 25 to April 8.

After applicants, have been browsed, several candidates will be chosen for on-campus inter- views and forums.

"After posting date, the committee will identify candidates for interviews," Dr. Mosby said. "Committee will then identify candidates for on-campus interviews consisting of meetings with campus constituents and a forum."

The interviews will happen April 22 to 26, and open forums from March 13 to 17.

Finally, after providing input on the candidates' qualifications and interviews, the search committee will leave the final hiring decision to Dr. Mosby.

"The committee will provide all feedback" to him, he "will ultimately make the decision to hire."

The position will be officially offered to the final candidate sometime between May 28 and 31.

The objective is to have the new vice president starting by July 1.

"The goal is to hire the new VP in May, with a starting date no later than July," he said.

An online job description for vice president of academic affairs can be found at www. governmentjobs.com/careers/highline/jobs/2339735/ vice-president-for-academic-affairs.

This description includes qualifications, conditions of employment, leadership qualities the applicant should have, and the positions outreach responsibilities.

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