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* Campus gets a look at VPASA candidates

With interviews and public forums complete, now it is on to the process of making a decision on who will be the next Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Shoreline Community College.

Transitional Programs Director Bill Sperling asks a question of Dr. Craig Lewis. More photos
The campus community got a chance this past week to see and question the four candidates from next door and across the country.All of the forums were webcast via Elluminate. The candidates and forum schedule included:

Bill Sperling

  • Monday, May 21 - Dr. Keith Smith, an Edmonds resident and Vice-Provost at Kaplan University, holds a Ph.D inEducation from Seattle University.
  • Tuesday, May 22 - Dr. Craig Lewis lives in Langley on Whidbey Island and is Dean of Communications/Social Sciences at Everett Community College. Dr. Lewis and holds a Doctorate in Education in Education Foundations from the University of New Mexico.
  • Thursday, May 24 – Dr. Virginia Tomlinson is currently Dean of Instruction, Arts, and Sciences at Spokane Community College. She holds a Doctorate in Sociology from University of Pittsburgh.
  • Friday, May 25 - Dr. James Jansen holds a Doctorate in Languages/Literature from the University of Utah. He is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Corning Community College and lives in Painted Post, N.Y.

Before the forums and separate interviews with the committee and President Lee Lambert, the search committee worked hard to review the candidate applications and narrow the field. Moving forward, the committee will meet again to review their notes, list strengths and weaknesses of each candidate and present a package of information to President Lambert.

Lambert said at the May 23 Board of Trustees meeting that he hopes to have an offer made and a new VP hired by July 1. Whoever that is, they will be taking over from the current vice president, John Backes, who has announced his retirement.

SCC/Jim Hills

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