Cleveland State Community College’s presidential search committee has narrowed down the candidate list to four finalists who will vie for the opportunity to fill Dr. Carl Hite’s current position.
The next step of the search process will find each one of the finalists engaging in a series of forums on Cleveland State’s campus.
Tennessee Board of Regents Communications Director Monica Greppin-Watts said the forums allow constituents to form an opinion of the candidates.
“It is important because it does provide the campus an opportunity to know all of the candidates,” Greppin-Watts explained. “The key here is to get a broad range of input from constituents across campus.”
Finalists include: Gene Couch Jr., executive vice president of Alamance Community College in Graham, N.C.; Niles Reddick, vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga.; William Seymour, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Jackson State Community College in Jackson; and Cornelius Wooten, vice president for Administration and Finance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa.
According to a TBR press release, the forums are open for faculty, staff and students. Each will be streamed online live. These can be viewed from the presidential search website.
Alumni and community members will have the opportunity to meet the finalists through receptions.
Constituents involvement in the process is an integral component of the search process.
“[The aim] is to allow everyone to have an opportunity to meet the candidates,” Greppin-Watts explained. “To be able to ask their own questions. To provide feedback based on the information they have received on the candidates.”
These events will take place in the days leading up to the finalists’ interviews with the search committee on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Interviews will take place in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Room J-113. The public is encouraged to attend the sessions. Each finalist will have an hour to answer a series of questions presented by the search committee.
The official role of the search committee has been completed. They will now serve in an adviser capacity to Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan. A final decision will then be made by Morgan. He will present the finalist he feels best represents the wishes of the constituents and the needs of the campus.
The Tennessee Board of Regents will consider Morgan’s recommendation.
Hite will be retired as of December after 17 years as president at Cleveland State. A new president is expected to be announced by the end of the year.