Highline’s search for a permanent vice president of academic affairs will continue next week with virtual forums for three candidates.
The search committee finished their first round of interviews last week, with the Zoom forums being the next step.
The vice president position is directly in charge of planning, developing, and executing Highline's activities in the academic affairs division.
The job also calls for overall managing and directing of Highline's educational planning process.
The finalists for the position are Dr. Ilder Andres Betancourt Lopez, Dr. Johnny Hu, and Highline’s interim vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Emily Lardner.
Dr. Lopez received two bachelor's degrees at Stanford University in psychology and drama. He then went on to get his educational doctorate's in higher education leadership from the University of Southern California.
Currently, he works as the Dean of humanities and social sciences at San José City College in California. His forum is on Tuesday, May 18.
Dr. Johnny Hu earned his bachelor's in pure mathematics from Whitman College, and a master's in mathematics from Western Washington University. He later completed his doctorate's in educational leadership in 2019, from the University of Washington - Tacoma.
While he currently works as associate dean of math, science and business in South Seattle College, Dr. Hu was once on staff at Highline as a math faculty intern.
Dr. Hu's forum is Tuesday, May 19.
Dr. Emily Lardner got her bachelor's at Augustana College in Illinois. She then earned her master's and doctorates at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Lardner has been at Highline as the interim vice president for academic affairs since June 2019. Before this, she worked as the vice president of instruction at Grays Harbor College.
Her forum is on Wednesday, May 20.
All student forums on these days go from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and faculty and staff forums will run the same days from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Each forum will also be recorded, for those who can’t make the times.
A survey will also be sent out to the campus after all forums are finished, to assist Highline President Dr. John Mosby with some feedback on the candidates.