President to be chosen soon

By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter

The identity of Highline's next president could come as soon as today.

The Board of Trustees is meeting this morning to choose Highline's next president. 

The meeting is happening this morning at 8 a.m., which will begin in the boardroom, on the 5th floor of Building 25. 

During the meeting, there is intent to take action on appointing a president. 

There will also be discussion regarding qualifications of public employment applicants. 

Comments will be opened to the public at the beginning of the meeting, followed by an executive session at 8:20 a.m. in room 411.   

After this, the meeting will reconvene for more public session in the boardroom again.

The presidential search has been in gear ever since former Highline President Dr. Jack Bermingham announced his retirement in July 2017, after more than a decade of working at Highline.

Dr. Jeff Wagnitz is the current interim president, and will remain in the position until Highline's president is selected. 

The Trustees had arranged a search subcommittee of staff, faculty, and community members to pick out the best candidates.

The committee sifted through the applicants before interviewing seven finalists, and then recommended the top three finalists to the board.

These finalists then made on-campus visits and held open forums.

The candidates, Dr. Lisa Avery, Dr. Justin Guillory, and Dr. John Mosby, visited campus on May 14, 15 and 16, respectively. 

Highline students, staff and faculty were then given the opportunity to provide feedback regarding their opinions on the candidates.

Dr. Avery is currently working as the president of Portland Community College's Sylvania campus, where she's been since 2015.

 Dr. Guillory has been working as the active president of the Northwest Indian College in Bellingham since 2012.

 Dr. Mosby is the vice president for Student Services at Mission College in Santa Clara, where he started in 2015.

Over this last week, members of the Board of Trustees have apparently finished their site visits to the campuses of the finalists.

The next and final step will be a contract negotiation. 

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