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CNCC interviewing three for vice president job

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Colorado Northwestern Community College recently announced that it is in the final stages of selecting a new vice president for its Craig campus.

After a nationwide search, CNCC will bring in three applicants early next week to interview for the open VP job: Spencer McNivens, Gary Hertel and Jennifer Pierceall-Herman.

The college has spent several months seeking possible personnel to take on the job previously filled by Gene Bilodeau, who left Craig this past winter after 19 years with CNCC for a position in South Dakota.

Donna Theimer, dean of instruction for Craig, said the process took longer than originally planned, but the reason for this was to evaluate that the college was promoting the job in the right manner. Because of Bilodeau’s standard of going above and beyond for the school, anyone replacing him would be expected to have the same traits.

“We wanted to add an economic development to the job description so we could find someone who could help us build new programs and partnerships throughout Rio Blanco, Moffat and Routt Counties,” she said.

With these new parameters, narrowing down the potential VP was made easier.

“We want to get this right and find someone who can fit in with Craig and can help the school grow and be even more than it already is,” Theimer said.

The three final prospects for the job, who will be in town Monday and Tuesday for interviews with CNCC President Russell George and other college representatives, have varied career backgrounds and locations.

McNivens is vice president of operations and student affairs with Lincoln College of New England, in Southington, Connecticut. Hertel is the academic dean for Minnesota State Community and Technical College, in Moorhead, Minnesota.

As the sole candidate from Colorado, Pierceall-Herman is the chief professional officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County, in Cañon City, and she previously worked for Pueblo Community College for 13 years, six as dean for the institution.

“They’re all strong candidates, and we’ll be glad to have them on campus,” Theimer said.

Once the selection has been made, Craig residents will have the chance to meet the new vice president, though there is no definite deadline yet. George said community members who have assisted with the hiring process have done a great job.

“This will be our leader in the Craig campus and in the community, so it’s a very important position for us,” he said.

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