And then there were three |

And then there were three

Committee narrows candidate field for college president

Christina M. Currie

A search committee has narrowed the pool of candidates for president of Colorado Northwestern Community College to three.

Four candidates were introduced to Craig residents earlier this month. College students and staff members completed questionnaires on each candidate, and the results of that feedback helped narrow the field, said Doug Hawk, manager of communications for the Colorado Community College System.

The candidates 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.

Each candidate has experience living in rural communities and working with community colleges.

Next month, Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System, will interview the finalists. Officials likely will name a president in early February, Hawk said.

Colorado Northwestern Com–munity College’s main campus is in Rangely. There is a secondary campus in Craig, as well as outreach programs in several other communities.

The college has been without a president for nearly two years. The state community college system, of which Colorado Northwestern is a member, appointed Bob Rizzuto as interim president to tighten the school’s budget in response to cuts in state funding.

Rizzuto said he expects the college’s president to spend an equal amount of time in Craig and Rangely and to be involved with organizations in each town.

The president will have the choice of living in Craig or Rangely, but as of Dec. 14, none of the candidates had made that choice.

Rizzuto announced earlier this month that the college would not fill the Craig vice president position.

Instead, the vice president’s duties will be split among the college’s president; Gene Bilodeau, who is the dean of student services; and the college’s registrar, he said.

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