The deadline is tomorrow to apply to become the next president and CEO of Southeast Community College. The school contracted with the Association of Community College Trustees for help in seeking a new leader.
SCC board member Dale Kruse chairs a steering committee working with the ACCT. Kruse says the panel should get a first look at the applications on Wednesday.
Kruse says, “The plan is then that we will review those applications and the steering committee will meet on October 23rd to determine how many of those candidates we want to send on to the board for interviews.” Around ten applications for the post had been submitted, but Kruse expects more will come in just before the deadline.
“When we first started the process, they were anticipating somewhere between 25 and 35 applications,” he says.
Kruse expects the full board will likely interview three to five finalists for the position. Jack Huck is retiring as Southeast Community College president next June. Huck has presided over a growth period in students and programs at the two-year school, which has campuses in Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford. Kruse expects a smooth transition.
“The new person coming in should be able to come right into that position and after a short amount of time, pick up on what’s going on,” Kruse says, “and just as important, will also be able to share with us a different view of some items.”
Kruse says despite a recent downturn in enrollment, SCC is in a strong financial and academic position. He says the goal is to select a new college president in January or February and have that person start on July 1st of 2014.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice