Finalists chosen for presidential search

By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter

The Board of Trustees will be interviewing the top three finalists to become Highline's new president next week.

Dr. Lisa Avery, Dr. Justin Guillory, and Dr. John Mosby are the three finalists for the position.

In an email sent out to faculty and staff last Wednesday, it was announced that the finalists for Highline president will be interviewed, and answer questions in open forums next week.

Former Highline President Dr. Jack Bermingham announced his retirement in July 2017, after more than a decade in the job.

Since then, Dr. Jeff Wagnitz has stepped up as the interim president, and will continue in this position until a new president is hired.

After Dr. Bermingham's retirement, the Board of Trustees put together a search subcommittee of faculty, staff and community members. The committee sifted through two dozen of applicants before interviewing seven finalists last week and recommending the three finalists to the board.

Among the finalists:

Dr. Avery is the current president of Portland Community College's Sylvania Campus. She was previously an administrator for the Community Colleges of Spokane. Her on-campus visit is set for Monday, May 14.

Dr. Guillory is the president of the Northwest Indian College in Bellingham. His previous position before this was dean of academics and distant learning, and dean of extended campus at the Northwest Indian College. Dr. Guillory's visit to campus is on Tuesday, May 15.

Dr. Mosby is currently the vice president for student services for Mission College in Santa Clara, Calif. Previous to this, Dr. Mosby was a dean at Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif. His on-campus visit is set for Wednesday, May 16.

All members of the community, students, staff and faculty will get the opportunity to meet these candidates in public forums. These will take place on the scheduled days of the candidates' campus visits.

This will give anyone who would like to, a chance to voice their concerns and opinions, or to simply meet the candidates.

The community forums will be held from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. in Building 29, room 207.

The employee forums take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and then again from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. These are in the Board Room, located in Building 25, 5th floor.

The student forums are from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Building 8.

Board of Trustees member Bob Roegner had previously stated that the new president is expected to be selected and in position by July 1.

The email also stated that if all runs smoothly, the board will announce their final decision later in May.

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