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College president looks at Washington job

Annie Flanzraich
aflanz@tahoedailytribune.com

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Lake Tahoe Community College President Paul Killpatrick is a finalist for the president position at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash.

His in-person interview is set for May 5.

Being closer to extended family is a prime reason Killpatrick said he is interviewing for the job.

“This is closer to home,” said Killpatrick, a graduate of Western Oregon State University. “We have grandkids there, so that’s a big draw.”

Killpatrick sent out an e-mail to faculty, staff and students at LTCC Thursday to let them know about his interview.

“I have enjoyed my time here, this is nothing negative about the community or the college,” Killpatrick said.

The college community was mostly surprised, said LTCC Spokeswoman Christina Proctor.

“There was definitely some surprise when the e-mail went out,” she said. “People are also pretty understanding of the motives behind it. Grandchildren and family are pretty powerful.”

However, Board of Trustees President Kerry David said he knew Killpatrick was not “happy here.”

“It just wasn’t quite the fit he was looking for,” David said. “It’s always difficult to be that transitional leader.”

Killpatrick is the third president in the college’s 35-year history. He followed James Duke who served for 16 years and Guy Lease who served for 17 years.

Killpatrick came to LTCC in July 2008 after serving as president of Great Basin College in Elko. In 2008 he received a three- year contract with a base salary of $198,000, a $1,000 housing allowance per month and a $625 monthly car allowance. His contract is set to expire June 30, 2011.

David said he thought the board of trustees would probably release Killpatrick from his contract if he received the Green River job.

“I know that he is an honorable man but at the same time we would want someone on board who is happy in his position,” David said.


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