4 finalists in NLC search

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By Katherine Garcia


Two of four finalists in the Northeast Lakeview president search will be available for questions in open forums at the college Monday and Tuesday. The other two will visit the college the following week.

The open forums are 4 p.m.-5 p.m. at the performing arts center at 1201 Kitty Hawk Road.

Dr. Rebecca Riley, vice president for instruction at Lone Star College-Kingwood, will appear Monday.

Riley, at Lone Star College since 1993, has worked as an art adjunct, visual arts program coordinator, associate dean of arts and humanities, and interim vice president of student success. She earned a doctorate in higher education leadership at Sam Houston State University.

Dr. Ryan Carstens, associate provost of education and community partnerships at Salt Lake Community College, will visit Tuesday.

Carstens has served at Oklahoma State University, University of Houston-Victoria, Central Arizona College, Yavapai College in Arizona, El Centro College in Dallas, Rio Salado College in Arizona, Eastern Idaho Technical College, and the Lone Star College System.

As associate provost, he established the educational initiatives department to support accelerated learning and e-learning.

Carsten said he was interested in getting back to Texas and “Northeast Lakeview has wonderful potential as a new college.”

Dr. Feleccia Moore-Davis, vice president of instruction and student learning at Lone Star College since 2003, will visit the college Nov. 12.

She has worked at Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina, Houston Community College Central Campus and the University of Houston. In that post, she has implemented student success courses through the college’s Achieve the Dream initiative.

Dr. Craig T. Follins, president of Olive-Harvey Community College in Chicago, will visit Northeast Lakeview Nov. 13. He has worked at colleges in Victoria and Houston before becoming president of Chicago Community College in 2011, where he fulfilled his vision to develop a veterans service center and a wellness center.

Follins earned a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Prior to the open forum, the candidates will breakfast with outgoing president, Dr. Eric Reno, and Chancellor Bruce Leslie; then interview with the chancellor; have lunch with the executive team; tour campus and interview with the search committee.


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