SMC Begins Search for New President
By Lookout Staff
April 21 – The Santa Monica College Board this week voted to hire a national nonprofit search firm to help find a new college president.
The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), which beat out two other finalists Monday, will receive a fee of between $20,000 and $25,000, plus expenses, college officials said.
The search for a replacement for Dr. Piedad F. Robertson, who retired
earlier this year to head a national education foundation, is expected
to take the rest of the year, with a new president selected around the
beginning of 2006, college officials said.
The firm will then identify prospective candidates throughout the nation, produce detailed background reports on the top candidates and conduct extensive reference checks, Smith said.
In its more than 30 years as an executive recruiter for community colleges, ACCT has completed nearly 300 searches for chancellors and presidents throughout the country, college officials said.
Recent ACCT recruitment efforts have included presidents for such institutions as De Anza and Skyline colleges in Northern California, the Dallas Community College District and Kingsborough Community College in New York.
Since Robertson retired Jan. 31 to take the chief executive position
at the Denver-based Education Commission of the States, Thomas J. Donner
has served as interim president, a post he is expected to hold until the
board chooses a permanent replacement, college officials said.
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