Washtenaw Community College reopens search for new president after conducting interviews
The search for the next president of the Washtenaw Community College is being reopened after the college’s board of trustees interviewed three candidates earlier this month, an official said today.
Pam Horiszny, chair of the WCC Board of Trustees, said trustees simply felt they hadn’t yet found the right fit for the college. She said trustees wanted to insure that they make the best decision.
Current president Larry Whitworth announced in September that he would retire after more than a decade as president.
“It was basically a decision by the board as a whole. All the candidates were well-qualified or we wouldn’t have asked them to come into campus,” she said. “Larry has been there for 13 years and so, obviously, this is a big decision that could impact us for another 10 or 15 years.”
The trustees interviewed Donald Doucette, senior vice president and provost of Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis; Irene Kovala, vice president for academic and student affairs at Minneapolis Technical and Community College in Minnesota; and Vicki Martin, executive vice president and provost of Milwaukee Area Technical College in Wisconsin.
Interviews and public forums were held two weeks ago for the three candidates.
Horiszny said she is working with the presidential search advisory committee to look at additional applicants in the near future. The committee is made up of college faculty members, staff, representatives from the Washtenaw Community College Foundation and representatives from the community at large, as well as two of the college’s board members.
The latest round of applications is due April 18, Horiszny said. She said a decision on which applicants to bring to campus for interviews and public forums would be made a couple of weeks after that.
“We’ll have the same format we had with the other three candidates,” she said. “There will be a public forum and then board interviews.”