College's future unveiled today

Today's is Dean Hollenbeck's last day as vice president of the Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig campus. And employees will learn today who will fill the campus's top spot.

College officials will meet today to finalize its plans on filling the post, said Bob Rizzuto, the interim president for the entire college.

Rizzuto joined the college 18 months ago to scrutinize the college's finances. As the interim president, he manages the Rangely and Craig campuses of the community college, as well as its outreach programs in Hayden and Meeker.

He met with Craig campus officials Thursday to hammer out plans for filling Hollenbeck's position and to announce the decision today.

"The campus has to grow," he said. "Our whole strategy this year is to put together the pieces for growth and retention."

Rizzuto said his challenge has been to manage the school's budget after three years of state funding cuts.

At the same time, he's worked to help the college grow.

Rizzuto's time with the college is growing short. Four candidates for his position will attend community forums in Craig on Monday and Tuesday.

The four candidates will be in Northwest Colorado for campus and community tours, personal interviews with the search committee and to participate in public forums.

All forums on the Craig campus will be in Room 201 of the Belltower building, 50 College Drive.

The candidates are:

Robert Behunin, associate executive director of Utah State University-Uintah Basin in Vernal, Utah. A public forum will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday.

John Boyd, interim provost at the Grand Strand Campus at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Myrtle Beach, S.C. A public forum will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Weldon Sleight, associate vice president for University Extension, associate dean for continuing education -- Utah State University in Logan, Utah. A public forum will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday.

C.J. Law, dean of instructional services at Dawson Community College in Glendive, Mont. A public forum will be from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

The college encourages community members, students and staff to meet the candidates, ask questions and provide feedback to the search committee, said Becky Dubbert, coordinator of marketing and grants for the college.

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