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TSJC presidential finalists visit Alamosa

Modified: Saturday, Feb 23rd, 2013


Finalist Dr. Carmen Simone visits with Alamosa County Commissioner Marianne Dunne and Carol Osborn during the Friday reception.Toney Cantu introduces himself to Dr. Jonathan "Josh" Bullock, a finalist for the TSJC presidential post.Dr. Sandy Caldwell talks with TSJC faculty member Anna Mae Rael-Lindsay. Courier photos by Ruth Heide


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ALAMOSA — Three finalists for Trinidad State Junior College president received a warm San Luis Valley welcome yesterday when they met with staff, students and community members in Alamosa.

“Everyone has treated us so fantastically,” said finalist Dr. Carmen Simone. “It’ just been a wonderful experience.”

Finalist Dr. Jonathan “Josh” Bullock said he was in good company with the other two finalists for the position.

“Whatever happens, I am pretty confident this institution will be in good hands,” he said.

Dr. Sandy Caldwell, the third in the running for the top TSJC post, added her appreciation for being chosen as one of the finalists. She said community colleges are her life’s passion.

The three top candidates selected by the TSJC search committee met with faculty, staff, students and community members in Trinidad on Thursday and at the Valley campus in Alamosa on Friday. The winning candidate will fill the vacancy left by Felix Lopez, who left TSJC for Pikes Peak Community College last year. Dr. Charles Bohlen has served as interim president during the search period. Bohlen is retired from the presidency of Laramie County Community College in Wyoming.

Dr. Caldwell would also be coming to TSJC from Wyoming if she were chosen as the next president. She currently serves as the vice president for planning and improvement at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs. Caldwell is originally from southeast Oklahoma, Choctaw Nation.

She described herself as a wayward teen whose high school counselor encouraged her to attend a community college, and the experience “just lit my fire.”

She started in rural-based community colleges, working for 10 years at the Paris Junior College in Texas. She holds a doctorate in higher education from Texas A&M.

Another finalist with Wyoming connections, Dr. Simone is currently the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, but previously worked for 18 years at the Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry and taught the subject before moving into administration. She subsequently served as vice president for academic affairs at Casper College before moving to Lewiston where she has held the provost position and vice president for academic affairs at Lewis-Clark.

She is originally from North Dakota.

Bullock would be coming to Colorado from Wisconsin where he currently serves as the vice president for strategic advancement for Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac. For nearly 20 years he served as an adjunct professor at Marian University where he taught graduate courses in leadership, marketing and research. He earned his Ph.D. in leadership studies from Marian. He was also the owner of a small business for many years and is the father of five.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to be here, to be one of the finalists,” he said.












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