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Open Forums Scheduled for Presidential Candidates

Last week, the Desert Community College District Board of Trustees announced the four finalists in the bid to be the next Superintendent/ President of College of the Desert (COD). The finalists will spend two days in the Coachella Valley learning more about the college. One of them will replace COD President Jerry Patton, who retires in June.

During their visit the candidates will attend meetings with college constituency groups including; students, administration, faculty and staff. A tour of the campus and forums will also be a part of their introduction to COD. The public and campus community are invited to attend open forums. Each one-hour forum is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Pollock Theatre on the Palm Desert campus featuring the finalists on the following dates: 


Thursday, May 3, 2012 – Dr. Angela Fairchilds

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 – Dr. Andreea Serban

Thursday, May 10, 2012 – Dr. Joel Kinnamon

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 – Mr. Arturo Reyes


Interim Human Resources and Labor Relations Executive Director Stan Dupree will introduce the candidates. Revae Reynolds, Community Relations Director, will serve as emcee of the question and answer session. The forums will allow the public and campus constituents opportunities to meet the candidates and pose questions. For information on the finalists, go to College of the Desert’s website or click on the following link:

The 15-member search committee comprised of college and community representatives was formed in December following Mr. Patton’s announced retirement last fall. The Advisory Committee, through a consultative process, developed qualifications for the recruitment process, seeking a leader who:

·   Works effectively in the local, state, national, and international arenas of higher education    while representing the interests and needs of the district.

·   Demonstrates institutional accountability that involves faculty, staff, and students.

·   Exhibits strong leadership and effective direction across the campus while maintaining optimism and community spirit.

·   Manages complex academic, fiscal, physical, technical, and human resources activities.

·   Proves to have a strong commitment to the principles of shared governance.

Here’s a link to the job announcement on the college’s website: (click here).

The four finalists have been thoroughly vetted by the ELS Group, the educational executive recruitment firm hired to assist the college. The Board will announce the name of the new president during its monthly meeting on May 18. The successful candidate will become the seventh president of College of the Desert.