Committee plans forums for vice president for academic success for week of Nov. 17.
By M.J. Callahan
Curtis O. Hill, vice president of student services at Paris Junior College in Texas, will be the first of three candidates for vice president for student success to appear in open Monday, Wednesday and Nov. 14.
He will address faculty, staff, students and the community at 1:15 p.m. Monday in Room 120 of the visual arts center.
The other two finalists, Gregory McLeod, provost and executive director of the St. Augustine campus of St. Johns River State College in Florida, will appear in a forum at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, and Peter J. Biegel, dean of student success at Florida State College in Jacksonville, will appear at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 14. Both are in Room 120 of visual arts.
In his application, Hill referenced his commitment to education that develops the whole person.
Hill received a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1980 and a master’s in counseling and guidance in 1995 from Texas A&M University-Commerce. His doctorate in educational administration came from Baylor University in 2000.
In the other vice president search, the candidates for the vice president of academic success will be sent to President Robert Vela to set up open forums for the public to ask questions the week of Nov. 17, Tammy Perez, foreign languages professor and chair of the “over-arching” search committee, said Friday.
The “over-arching committee” screened 15 semifinalists for the vice president for student success after a separate committee considered 138 applications. For the vice president for academic success, another committee narrowed a pool of 118 to 16 semifinalists.
“It was a very hard decision with such outstanding candidates,” Perez said.
The college is seeking two vice presidents after Vela became president in June after being executive vice president. College Council voted in July to return to an executive model with vice presidents for student success and academic success.