College happy with president applicants

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer

Members of a presidential search committee are sifting through a dense pile of applicants in hopes of finding a new Clovis Community College president by May, according to search committee chairman Jay Gurley.

The window to apply for the position closed Friday. The three-month search yielded 35 to 40 applicants from around the nation, including a few from the region, Gurley said.

“The applicant pool is quite adequate,” the chairman said.

Clovis Community College Interim President Becky Rowley is among the pool of applicants vying for the position. She was named interim president upon the departure of Beverlee McClure, who stepped down as college president in August to accept a state position as the first secretary of higher education.

The search committee will narrow the list of applicants to three to five in the coming months, with the goal of hiring a new president before May 12 commencement services, Gurley said. Though the search committee will conduct reference checks and interviews, as well as recommend applicants, the Clovis Community College Board of Trustees will choose the president.

To curb costs, Gurley said some preliminary interviews will be conducted over the phone, rather than in person. Finalists for the position will be given a tour of the college, he said.

The college has thus far pumped $7,000 into the search, according to CCC Auxiliary Services Coordinator Jan Hamilton. Those funds were used to advertise nationally for the position, in what is projected to be the most costly aspect of the search process, Hamilton said.

CCC Board of Trustee President Russell Muffley estimated it could cost the college up to $50,000, as it did in the last search for a president, to advertise for the position and host possible candidates hailing from a variety of locales.