Filling CNCC position may take awhile

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Although only three candidates remain, it could take as long as six months before one of them takes the helm at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Doug Hawkes, spokesman for the Colorado Community College Sys--tem, said system president Nancy McCallin has interviewed the three finalists for college president and expects to make a final decision in the next three weeks.

"When you select a new president, you like to really make sure you get the right fit for the college," Hawkes said.

Colorado Northwestern Community College has been without a president for 18 months. Bob Rizzuto has held the position in the interim. He said he likely will stay until a permanent president is selected.

But it could take months before a new president is in place.

Whomever the college selects may have to serve out a contract or finish a project that's in progress before starting the job at the college.

"Academia is not like a business where you can give two weeks notice," Hawkes said.

Finalists for the position of president are: John Boyd, interim provost for the Grand Strand Campus at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Weldon Sleight, associate dean for continuing education at Utah State University; and Robert Behunin, associate executive director of Utah State University.

Residents had the opportunity to meet the top four candidates in December during community forums the college held in Craig and Rangely. After the forums, candidate C.J. Law was eliminated from the running.

McCallin has the authority to make the final decision. But she'll discuss her selection with the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education before announcing it to the public, Hawkes said.

Colorado Northwestern is a state-funded community college with campuses in Craig and Rangely.

The Craig campus also is supported by a property tax collected in Moffat County that is used for tuition assistance and program development.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 24-7031, ext. 210, or ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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