HCC Presidential Search Committee narrows down applicants

By Caroline Klapper | Apr 27, 2012

As the search continues for the next president of Haywood Community College, the Presidential Search Committee is narrowing down applicants for the position.

In a meeting scheduled for Monday, April 30, committee chairman Bob Morris said the goal is to trim applicants down to 12 people. From there, each applicant will be asked to submit a video of themselves on DVD, which will be reviewed by the committee to help further narrow the field.

Applicants are “from all over,” Morris said, adding at this point in the process the committee cannot give any specifics about potential candidates.

What he can say is that the committee is looking for a variety of traits and characteristics that will help HCC move forward as an institution. When the process first began in February, the search committee asked for input from the community, college staff and students about what traits they would like to see in the new president.

The result was a set of desired traits compiled by the committee with everything from strong communication skills and creativity to problem solving ability and accessibility listed.

Now it is the committee’s job to determine “who is meeting those (traits) and what parts of those characteristics do they have,” Morris said.

Although current HCC president Dr. Rose Johnson’s contract ends on June 30, she has agreed to stay on at the college until a new president is appointed.

Morris said the committee is estimating that they will have someone in place by the fall semester, but it will depend on that individual’s schedule as to when they can start.

“That’s what we’d like to do,” he said.

Once the new president is chosen, the college will have a “Meet and Greet,” where the community can get to know him or her.

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