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Colorado Mountain College’s national presidential search gets under way

John Colson
Post Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Colorado Mountain College (CMC) on Wednesday announced that the national search for a new college president is now formally under way, and that the deadline for applications is July 15.

The college board of trustees has hired the Association of Community College Trustees to act as search consultant, according to CMC spokeswoman Debra Crawford, and is planning to keep CMC’s faculty and board of trustees “actively involved in the search and selection process.”

CMC board chair Glenn Davis said in a prepared statement issued by the school, “We have put together a screening committee with representation from the board, faculty, administration, staff, community members and the student body,” to help with the search process.

“This group will help narrow the applicant pool, to support our trustees working on the important task of determining the future of our college’s leadership,” Davis concluded.

The college is looking for a replacement for former president Stan Jensen, who resigned last December after a tempestuous controversy about his role in writing a lease for the SourceGas natural gas supply company to use a five-acre site at the Spring Valley Campus, where the company wanted to install a compressor station to boost pressure on a natural gas line that crosses college property.

The lease spawned a backlash from students, faculty and neighbors of the campus, who felt is was an inappropriate use for college assets, and led the college board of trustees to reject the lease as illegal under state law, a position that ultimately was backed up by a local judge after SourceGas sued the college.

Since February, the college has been headed up by interim President Charles R. Dassance, a retired administrator who formerly ran two community colleges.

According to the statement from CMC, developments in the presidential search can be followed on a special website, http://www.coloradomtn.edu/presidentialsearch, “where community members and potential applicants can learn more about the job requirements and application process.”

In late June, according to the college, officials will begin reviewing applications and start the winnowing process. A group of finalists are to be picked in September, and there are to be “opportunities for staff, faculty and community members to learn about the candidates and provide input.”

This will be the ninth president to work for the college since it was founded in the 1960s.

The college is a two-year institution that also grants bachelor’s degrees in certain fields. The college district covers nine counties, and includes 11 “learning locations” across seven campuses, according to the school’s website (www.coloradomtn.edu).

The website reports that CMC was listed among the top 20 community colleges in the nation in 2012 by CNNMoney.com.

jcolson@postindependent.com


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