McClure declines visit from officials

CNJ STAFF REPORTS

Clovis Community College President Beverlee McClure on Wednesday declined a visit from Austin Community College school officials, an ACC spokeswoman said.

McClure is one of two finalists for the Austin college’s president position. The other candidate is Robert Aguero, vice chancellor of educational affairs at Dallas Community College.

The ACC Board of Trustees announced at a Tuesday meeting to send visiting groups to the two candidates’ schools. Cile Spelce, director of public information at ACC, said the groups, comprised of board members and faculty, would meet with faculty and school officials.

But Spelce said McClure contacted ACC Board Chairman Rafael Quintanilla on Wednesday afternoon and said a site visit would be disruptive to CCC’s small campus.

Quintanilla and McClure agreed a site visit would not take place, Spelce said.

McClure did not return phone calls to her office late Wednesday.

Spelce said McClure in no way indicated she was removing herself from contention.

A site visit at Aguero’s campus in Dallas is tentatively set for April 15. Quintanilla did not comment on whether McClure’s candidacy was harmed by declining the visit.

CCC Board of Trustees member Russell Muffley said, to his knowledge, McClure has not removed herself from contention.

“That is the impression I got but until I hear it I’ll just wait,” Muffley said.

Spelce said the search will continue for president, but a decision date has not been set.

With an annual budget of $111 million, ACC serves more than 70,000 students in Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Blanco, Burnet and Gillespie counties in Texas.

CCC’s current enrollment is 4,214.

McClure recently had her contract renewed at CCC.
She has a doctorate in education from the University of Texas in Austin.