Candidates line up for presidency

By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter

At least two dozen people have already applied to be Highline's next president.

Applications for new candidates are being accepted until March 2.

After Dr. Jack Bermingham retired as Highline president in July 2017, the search for a new president began. Dr. Jeff Wagnitz has since stepped up to the role of interim president, until the position is permanently filled.

The goal is to have someone hired by July 1.

"At this point we're simply waiting to see, once it closes on March 2, how many [applicants] we will have," said Board of Trustees member Bob Roegner.

After the application deadline has passed, the next step will be trimming down to the top candidates.

"What you find in your finalist typically… is that usually one [will] be the best fit for a particular position at a particular time," said Roegner. "We have a good group of finalists to choose from, which one is the outstanding one?... That's what we'll have [to find out]."

When it comes to the official presidential candidate job announcement, "What we did was try to capture everyone's interest in that document," said Roegner.

Once the list of candidates has been whittled down to anywhere from three to five, these applicants will spend time at Highline answering questions at forums, meeting with students, faculty and staff, and experiencing the campus first-hand, said Executive Director of Human Resources Sue Williamson.

These events will occur over the course of a day and a half for each candidate.

"There is an opportunity when [the candidates] are here, for students to share their opinions and voice any concerns they might have [at forums]," said Roegner.

Aside from the candidates coming on campus, the Board would also like to get a feel of the candidates' own environments too.

"Another component of the process would be a visit to the college where the [candidate] comes from by folks representing this search team," said Board of Trustees member Sili Savusa.

"To get a feel for their work ethic, and [to look for] all these things you'd want in a potential president," she said.

"I'm really excited about this. Highline's a great place, the students prove it everyday to all of us," said Savusa. "So we take our leadership here very seriously, because we want to maintain the awesomeness of our work that we do here."

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