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Six vie for Clark State top job


Six candidates have been selected to interview this week to be the next president of Clark State Community College.

The search committee will meet with each of the candidates in a neutral location Thursday, said committee chairman Jim Doyle. The candidates are:

• David H. DeVier, vice president of academic and student affairs at Clark State.

• John W. Marr, dean of academic affairs for the Eastern campus of Cuyahoga Community College in Highland Hills, Ohio.

• W. Michael Stoy, president of Middle Georgia College in Cohchran, Ga.

• N. Clark Williams, vice president for operations at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore.

• Ronald M. Davis, vice president for instruction at John Wood Community College in Quincy, Ill.

• Jo Alice Blondin, chancellor of Arkansas Tech University — Ozark Campus in Van Buren, Ark.

The six candidates were selected from a pool of 40 in a national search, said Doyle. Academic Search Inc., the consultants hired to perform the search, developed a profile for Clark State’s next leader based on meetings with faculty, staff members, administrators and community groups.

“(The consultant) had a nice exposure to what we were looking for and the purpose of all that was to put together a set of specifications for our next president,” Doyle said.

The committee was pleased with the number of applicants, he said.

“Sometimes what you see on paper isn’t what you get but at this point, we’re hopefully optimistic that there will be a number of good candidates in this group of six that we interview,” said Doyle, also chairman of the college’s board of trustees.

The committee intends to interview the six candidates this week and narrow the field for a second round of day-long interviews, to take place on the Clark State campus in March. The goal is to have a deal in place with a new president in April, Doyle said.

Current Clark State President Karen Rafinski announced in the fall that she would retire, effective June 30, after 16 years in the position.Under her leadership, Clark State’s enrollment more than doubled to more than 8,500 students in fall 2011 as it expanded to serve more students in more locations.

“Karen’s a pretty hard act to follow but not withstanding, there’s some people that, on paper, are very qualified,” he said.


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