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Top 12 Presidential Candidates

Four employees of Gadsden State Community College are among the 12 applicants selected for further review by the committee named to help find a successor to Gadsden State Community College President W. Darryl Harrison, who vacated the position in October 2010.

            More than 45 people from across the nation had applied for the job and the committee has completed the first selection phase. They will meet again Friday to reduce the number to five semi-finalists.

            Among those still in contention from Gadsden State are Susan W. Brown, assistant to the dean of instructional services and division chair of mathematics and engineering; Martha G. Lavender, assistant to the president – Gadsden State Cherokee and Health Sciences; James R. Prucnal, dean of financial and administrative services and Valerie A. Richardson, vice president for institutional advancement and student services.  Other applicants include Sylvia M. Burgess, associate vice president for academic affairs and director of adult and continuing education, Southwest Oklahoma Area Health Education Center; Phillip Charles Cleveland, interim president of Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Phenix City; Ralph Lee Ford, vice president of student services, Union County College, Cranford, N.J.; Lynn C. Kreider, president, Colby Community College; Dorothy A. Latuszek, provost vice president for academic affairs, Gateway Community and Technical College, Covington, Ky.; Raymond William Staats, chief academic officer, John Wood Community College, retired Air Force Officer; Marlene A. Tignor, acting president of Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyo.; and Suresh Chandra Tiwari, vice president for academic and student affairs, Central Lakes College, Baxter, Minn.

            The next meeting of the search committee will be March 18 when they will reduce the field to five. Those five will be introduced April 13 at a community reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Inzer Cafeteria on the Wallace Drive Campus of Gadsden State. On April 14, the search committee will interview the five, and select the top three finalists. The top three finalists will be interviewed by the Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System Freida Hill on April 15. She will make a recommendation to the State Board of Education at their meeting on April 28.