Steamboat Springs The Colorado Mountain College system has asked John Vickery to come out of retirement to serve as the interim dean at the Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs until a full-time replacement for outgoing Dean Kerry Hart can be hired. This is the second time the former dean has temporarily given up retirement to serve as an interim during the search for a full-time dean.
Vickery, who was the campus dean from 1988 to 2000 and the dean of curriculum development for six years before that, will begin work Monday. Hart left the position to become president of Morgan Community College in Fort Morgan.
Vickery also served as the interim dean in the beginning of 2006, before Hart was hired.
Debra Crawford, spokeswoman for the college system, said the position is being advertised nationally. The college expects to begin reviewing applicants Aug. 1, and Vickery will remain until a new dean is hired.
Vickery, who lives in Steamboat Springs, said he was happy to leave retirement and help the college during the transition.
"As long as I know it's temporary, I'm fine with it," he said.
Vickery said he plans to be busy during the summer in preparation for the next school year.
"Quite often people think that summertime is laid back and there's nothing to do for administrators, but that's not true. It's a busy time getting ready for the next year," he said. He will help fill vacancies left by outgoing teachers, prepare the school for the new year and lead student orientations.
He said he also hopes to show Stan Jensen around the Steamboat campus. Jensen is the new president of the 12-campus CMC system. He worked for 19 years as president of a training and leadership development organization that worked with colleges and nonprofit groups.
Jensen said Vickery came highly recommended, but he hopes to find a full-time dean as soon as possible.
"We're working on it real hard, and we don't want it to be a long search," he said. "It will be not quite by the beginning of the school year, but hopefully soon."