A search committee charged with the task of finding a new president for Cleveland State Community College met Monday afternoon on the campus.
Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan addressed the members and their responsibilities.
“You are here for a reason,” Morgan said. “First of all, you are here because you agreed to do it. Second of all, you represent what we believe collectively is the right perspective to be at the table to make a decision.”
All 17 members of the committee were present for the meeting. These included representatives from the college, community and state board. A variety of individuals were chosen from each sector to offer proper representation of the constituents.
Those appointed to the search committee are:
- TBR: Regent Tom Griscom, chair; Regent Howard Roddy; and Regent Danni Varlan.
- CSCC: Matthew Tolbert, faculty representative; Allan Gentry, faculty representative; Karen Wyrick, faculty representative; Nancy Thomas, faculty representative; Quentin Murray, student representative; Christine Danh, student representative; Kim Wills, support staff representative; Dr. Michael Stokes, administrative representative; and Patty Weaver, administrative representative.
- Community: Jerry Richt, alumni representative; Gary Farlow, business community representative; Coleman Foss, community-at-large representative; Aubrey Ector, community-at-large representative; and Jeff Zierenberg, community-at-large representative.
Members had their first look at the candidates Monday afternoon in a private meeting.
All of the candidates, unless otherwise requested, will remain a secret to the public. Only the three to five finalists chosen by the search committee will be placed in the public’s eye.
“That is an ongoing commitment. It is not just when this is over and the selection is made,” Morgan said. “It really is a ‘forever’ kind of deal.”
He explained the candidates may not want their current institutions or co-workers to know they are applying for the position.
The search committee listened as the process and their responsibilities were outlined. The purpose of the group is to primarily serve as an advisory board to the chancellor. Members were asked to be honest and thorough with their opinion of each candidate.
The three to five finalists will be chosen by the committee to visit the college’s campus.
“I would ask you not rank any of the candidates,” Morgan said. “Really, anyone in the final group hopefully will be someone who, if they were picked, you would feel pretty good about having them at this institution.”
He stressed the importance of members speaking with their constituents. Morgan reminded committee members they are there to represent their respective sectors.
The chancellor will make a final decision on his presidential recommendation to the Board of Regents. A decision is often made based on the opinions of the committee members.
A vote was taken and approved to cut off the incoming submissions Monday afternoon.
Committee members will meet Nov. 6 to discuss their views on the candidates.