Three finalists for vacant vice president position.

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Candidates for vice president of college services will present next week in open forums.

By Kyle R. Cotton

Barkman Courtesy

Charles Barkman Courtesy

After the March 20 death of David Mrizek, former vice president of college services, this college has conducted a national search to find someone to fill the vacant position.

The search has yielded three finalists in Mr. Charles Barkman, executive director of facilities at Freed Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn.; Dr. Conrad Krueger, dean of arts and sciences; and Dr. Jerrel Wade, dean of administration at San Jacinto-North Campus in Houston.

The vice president of college services is responsible for the budget, facilities, construction, grants, emergency management and institutional effectiveness and research.

Candidates will have individual open forums 2-3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday in Room 120 of the visual arts center as part of a daylong interview process.

Barkman will be the first to present on Monday.

Barkman brings a resume of accomplishments in infrastructure, facility management and 15 years of administrative experience.

Since 2009, Barkman has overseen Freed Hardeman’s capital construction, infrastructure improvements, maintenance and planning where he has renovated all the dorms and academic buildings on campus as well as a new amphitheater and other gathering places.

All renovations were done without increasing the capital or operational budgets of Freed Hardeman.

Jerrel Wade Courtesy

Jerrel Wade Courtesy

As director of operations at Bethany College in Lindsburg, Kan., from 2006-2009, he helped develop a master plan to help better serve Bethany’s student body.

Barkman has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Fla., and a Masters of Business Administration from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Wade will be the second to present 2-3 p.m. Tuesday in Room 120 of the visual art center.

Wade highlights his seven years of experience as a community college administrator in his letter to the search committee.

“In my seven years as a community college administrator, I’ve served on committees with our chancellor as well as directly reported to our campus provost. These experiences have helped me understand the strategy, planning, development, leadership, and vision required for this position.”

In his position at San Jacinto, he develops and maintains the campus budget of $15 million, coordinates facility and technology needs to support academic and technical programs and maintains an active role in his community.

He also teaches EDUC 1300, Learning Frameworks, as an adjunct at San Jacinto.

He has a Bachelor of Science in science education and a Master of Education in adult and higher education from the University of Oklahoma and an education doctorate in education administration and supervision from the University of Houston.

Conrad Krueger Courtesy

Conrad Krueger Courtesy

Krueger will present 2-3 p.m. Wednesday in Room 120 of the visual arts center.

Krueger brings an understanding of this college’s culture as an employee since 1994.

“Since I have had the opportunity to obtain most of my professional experience at San Antonio College, I am very aware of the culture of the college and the multicultural community it serves,” Krueger said in his letter to the selection committee. “During my tenure at the college, I have been given the opportunity to demonstrate my professionalism, organizational and team-building skills, budgeting knowledge and strong drive to help students succeed.”

Krueger, who has been dean of arts and science since 2008, supervises nine academic units consisting of 30-plus disciplines as well as the writing center, dual credit and early college departments.

He oversees the hiring, supervision and evaluation of more than 200 full-time faculty and staff.

He collaborates with all divisions at this college and serves on numerous college, district and community committees.

Prior to becoming dean, he was chair of mathematics and computer science from 2001-2006.

Krueger is an alumnus of this college, who started as a non-traditional student at age 32 and graduated with an Associate in Applied Science in engineering technology.

He has bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics with concentration in statistics from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an education doctorate in higher education leadership from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi.

The finalists’ full biography, philosophy on leadership and education and full resumes are available at


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