Former Fla. college head tabbed for interim CMC post |

Former Fla. college head tabbed for interim CMC post

John StroudPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A former college president from Florida, Charles Dassance, has been offered the job of interim president for the six-county Colorado Mountain College system.The CMC Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously agreed to offer the interim position to Dassance, of Ocala, Fla., over two other candidates. All three were interviewed for the position Monday.”All three candidates came across as very knowledgeable and capable, and this is a difficult decision,” CMC Trustee Ken Brenner said in making the motion to go with Dassance.”I believe he was the most effective in talking about how he would work closely with our board and the staff, and will be capable of dealing with the instabilities and uncertainty that exists in some people’s minds during this interim period,” Brenner said.Added CMC Trustee Pat Chlouber, “All of the candidates came across as being very caring and concerned about the success of CMC, and willing to give their time to help us through this transition.” Also interviewed for the interim position were former CMC executive vice president Lin Stickler, and Dennis Michaelis of Waco, Texas, a former president of McLennan Community College.College trustees voted 5-0 to offer the position to Dassance, who was president of the College of Central Florida from 1996 to 2011. He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Virginia.The Thursday telephone meeting was attended by five of the six current CMC trustees who represent the six-county special college district. Trustee Mary Ellen Denomy was absent, and a seventh seat on the board is currently vacant.Should Dassance accept the offer, the board will negotiate an interim contract and start date, and meet with him to discuss goals for the period of time until a new president is selected.Compensation for the interim post is to be proportionate on a per-month basis to former CMC president Stan Jensen’s $198,000 annual salary, trustees said. Housing and other benefits are also expected to be included in the interim deal.The board has also indicated that it would prefer the interim president not apply for the permanent position, and strictly serve in the interim capacity.In the meantime, the board intends to proceed with its search for a new permanent president to replace Jensen, who resigned from the position on Dec. 27.Under a resignation agreement, Jensen was awarded a $500,000 severance by the board. College officials have refused to make public the resignation agreement, or to explain why Jensen was awarded a severance three times as large as what would have been due under his employment contract.An open records request filed earlier this month by the Post Independent seeking release of the resignation agreement was denied by Julie Hanson, general counsel for CMC with the Glenwood Springs firm of Beattie, Chadwick &

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