CMC narrows search for president

Board of Trustees plans to name new head of school in February

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— A founder of a leadership development consulting group, three community college presidents and a community college vice president are the finalists in Colorado Mountain College's search for a new president.

The search began in June 2007, when President Dr. Bob Spuhler announced plans to retire when his contract expires June 30 of this year. Spuhler has worked at the college for 20 years and served as president of the college's seven campuses for five years.

The search process began last summer when a screening committee composed of faculty, administrators, a student, a community member and two of the college's seven trustees went through 48 completed applications. From that number, they selected 11 candidates to interview via interactive video or teleconference.

Two of the candidates are former CMC administrators, including Dr. David Borofsky and Dr. Joe Forrester. Borofsky was dean of the Timberline Campus in Leadville from 2000 to 2002, as well as interim campus dean of the Vail-Eagle Valley Campus from 2001 to 2002. He was also a vice president of the entire CMC system from 2002 to 2004. Borofsky is president of Bates Technical College, a three-campus, two-year college in Tacoma, Wash.

Forrester was dean of the Timberline Campus from 1989 to 1999, and is president of the Community College of Beaver County in Monaca, Penn.

Dr. Laurence Spraggs is president of Broome Community College in Binghamton, N.Y., and also has been a vice president at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood.

Dr. Diana Doyle is vice president of educational and student services at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Neb., and twice has been interim president for that college. She's also been director of student development at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

Dr. Stanley Jensen is president of a company that provides training in leadership development, team building, process improvement training and strategic planning to businesses, colleges and nonprofit organizations.

All five finalists have earned doctorate degrees and have 15 or more years of experience in higher education or other senior-level leadership.

Meeting the public

The college's Board of Trustees invites the public to meet the finalists at 6 p.m. Monday during a reception at CMC's district office gallery in Glenwood Springs.

"The Board of Trustees is interested in gathering everyone's voice in this search process," said Pat Ramsey, CMC's administrative assistant in the president search. "Each candidate will be here two full days interviewing with the board, then will interview with the college council, which is senior administrative staff and deans on all seven campuses. Then, they will interview in person in front of the screening committee. Each of the candidates will then conduct two forums for the general public, faculty, staff and students."

For those unable to attend the reception, each finalist will participate in a candidate forum at the Edwards (Vail and Eagle Valley areas) and Roaring Fork (Glenwood Springs) campuses, Monday to Wednesday.

The Edwards Campus meetings will be streamed live on the Internet, where CMC faculty, staff, students and the general public will be able to submit questions to the candidates. Video from the Roaring Fork Campus meetings will be uploaded the following day to CMC's Web site, www.coloradomtn.edu.

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