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Simone named TSJC finalist

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 13th, 2013

Dr. Carmen M. Simone

DENVER — The Trinidad State Junior College presidential search committee has forwarded to Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), one finalist for her consideration for the presidency. Dr. McCallin, in consultation with the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, will make the final presidential selection. The search committee is comprised of student, faculty, administrative, and community members.

The Colorado Community College System has been conducting the search since March, 2012. Dr. Chuck Bohlen, former president of Laramie County Community College, has been serving as interim president.

The one finalist is Dr. Carmen M. Simone, the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. She 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.

Dr. Simone’s full resume can be viewed on the Trinidad State Junior College’s website at www.trinidadstate.edu/presidential-search.

Three presidential semi-finalists visited the Trinidad Campus on February 21 and the Valley Campus at Alamosa on February 22, where they had the opportunity to meet community members, students, and staff during public forums and at a reception. Feedback from the forums was fully reviewed by the search committee in determining the finalists. This information has been forwarded to Dr. Nancy McCallin for her review.

Colorado law requires that a new president selected from the list of finalists cannot be named prior to 14 calendar days after the names are made public. A final decision regarding the presidency is expected to occur in early April.

The Colorado Community College System comprises the state’s largest system of higher education serving more than 163,000 students annually. CCCS oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

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