The Board of Trustees for Schenectady County Community College and the Presidential Search Committee has narrowed down their search for a new college president to three candidates. After receiving applications from all over the country, the candidates were scheduled to visit the college from Nov.17 to 19.
There was a lot of interest in terms of the size of the school and what it's achieved its short and long term vision. It really did elicit a lot of interest on behalf of many, many candidates, said Sharon Daley, an SCCC trustee.
"It was really satisfying to see the initial interest and the responses from people who are interested in the position."
Candidates and their spouses were invited to spend a day on campus and around the community taking tours and getting to know the area. There were also public forums where participants met the community, students and professors.
During the forums, each candidate was invited to make opening remarks and answer questions from the audience.
Those who attended were provided with feedback forms at the end, which were submitted directly to the Board of Trustees for review.
"The response from the students, the faculty and the committee has been great. It's more than just a job " it's about understanding the community you'll be working in and living in," said Daley.
The three candidates are Quintin B. Bullock, Patricia K. Atkins, and Gary F. Porter. Adkins is currently provost of Columbus State Community College in Ohio; Bullock is provost of Virginia Beach Campus of Tidewater Community College; and Porter is academic vice president of Bergen Community College in Paramus, N.J.
Daley said that candidates are drawn to the campus because of its smaller size, enabling them to have more of a direct impact on the campus and community, its vision, some of the initiatives it has taken on, as well as some of the programs it currently offers.