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‘Help wanted’ ad for LTCC president is almost ready

Sara Thompson
Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily TribuneCaroline Fisher leads a group Monday to gather input for the search for a new president at Lake Tahoe Community College.
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After two community forums to hear what qualities are desired in a new Lake Tahoe Community College president, a “help wanted” ad for the position will be drafted before the holidays.

Pamila Fisher, CEO of the Association of Community College Trustees and search consultant, said she received feedback that she needed to draft an announcement of the open position after attending the public forums Monday and Tuesday.

Some of the main topics brought up at the forums were declining enrollment, student housing, funding and quarter vs. semester scheduling.

At the LTCC board meeting Monday, the members laid out basic criteria for the candidates, Fisher said. Applicants for the president position must have a master’s degree and experience as a faculty member in higher education.

“It casts the wide net, but a reasonable net,” Fisher said.

The announcement will be released to the LTCC search committee for further revision next week. Fisher said it usually takes two to three drafts before one is posted.

The committee is made up of students, faculty, classified staff, community and administrative members. LTCC Trustee Roberta Mason is chairing the committee.

The key to the process is sticking to the timeline. Fisher said many community colleges are looking for new presidents, so it will be a competitive year.

The next public forums will be held when three to five final applicants are recommended from the committee to the board. The board then will vote on who will be the next president.

The final meetings are scheduled for late April or early May.


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