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Kenneth Rollston: Hiring new president, recruiting students on incumbent’s to-do list

Sara Thompson

Even though this is only his third time running in an election for the board in the past 25 years, incumbent Kenneth Rollston is looking at the race with fresh eyes.

“It’s a chance to resharpen your focus on the college and its needs,” said Rollston, a retired attorney.

The No. 1 issue is hiring a new president, he said. He wants that person to be a strong leader and good communicator. A list of other desired qualities will come from stakeholders such as the faculty and students, he said.

The hiring process needs to be inclusive, he said. The board leads the effort, but the stakeholders are part of the process, too.

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“It’s selecting your new leader,” he said. “It’s really about redefining yourself.”

Recruitment of students is going well and should be continued, he said. The college began the recruitment as a strategy to create services and facilities to share with the community. Now, enrollment is up 13.5 percent from last fall, he said.

Online classes need to be used appropriately, he said. The classes need to be able to yield effective learning and teaching, he said. For example, part of a chemistry class can be taught online, but it also needs to be supplemented with a lab.

To have the Alder Inn available as student housing is important, he said. Housing isn’t cheap in the area, and more affordable options need to be there for students, even though the inn hasn’t received the number of student tenants that was originally anticipated, he said.

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