CWC to name new president at meeting Tuesday evening

Apr 28, 2014 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The three finalists for the presidency are Dr. Paul Kraft, Dr. Jason Wood and Dr. Cristobal Valdez.

The Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting Tuesday to name the next school president.

The chosen candidate will replace current CWC president Jo Anne McFarland, who is retiring in June after 25 years on the job.

In a Friday progress report to CWC staff, board chairman Charlie Krebs said trustees are ready to finalize their decision; they will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Room 116 of the CWC Intertribal Center.

"After the call to order, the board will recess into executive session to discuss personnel, after which the board will reconvene the public meeting to take formal action," he said.

No other business is anticipated during the meeting.

"As further plans emerge, I will report back to you with additional details relating to this exciting presidential transition," Krebs said.

Final candidates are:

- Jason Wood, CWC's executive vice president for student and academic services;

- Paul Kraft, currently the vice president of student services for Treasure Valley Community College in Oregon;

- and Cristobal Valdez, who is now the president of Edison Community College in Ohio. The men participated in public forums and had private interviews with the CWC board last week.

Krebs commended the college staff and members of the community who attended the April 15 public forums.

During the trustees' regular meeting this month, he also thanked members of the school's presidential search committee for their dedication to the selection effort.

The group included trustees, community members, college staff, school administrators, students and representatives from the CWC Foundation and the Wyoming Public Broadcasting Service, and Krebs said he appreciated their commitment.

"We had four meetings and 19 people on the committee, and we had 100 percent participation," Krebs said. "(That's what) we asked for, and it was delivered. ... They deserve a lot of praise."

CWC's professional personnel association president Connie Nyberg was part of the search committee, and she returned Krebs's gratitude with appreciation of her own.

"Thank you for making this process so open, transparent and inclusive," she said. "I think by including stakeholders from all parts of the community and the college this process was really exactly what we needed to see here. (We) ended up with three really great candidates."

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