WSCC president’s search committee announces interview schedule


West Shore Community College officials announced the schedule for the  college president interviews.

West Shore Community College officials announced the schedule for the college president interviews.

SCOTTVILLE — West Shore Community College Presidential Search Committee members announced the schedule for the opening round interviews of the candidates to fill the open president’s position.

The college has been going through a search process to replace Dr. Charles Dillon who resigned from the position several months ago. Search committee members have been working the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) on finding a replacement.

Sixty prospective candidates applied for the opening and the committee cut that down to 11 semifinalists that will be interviewed on April 8 and 9 in the MBT room at the college. Those interviews will be open to the public and conducted in a teleconference manner.

“The whole thing will be in open session including all the interviews,” said committee chair Bruce Smith.

Members of the committee that was appointed by the board of trustees to review those applicants consists of Smith, board of trustee chair James Jensen, trustee Phyllis Cowden, foundation member Ray Biggs, professors Amy Wojciechowski and Matt Sanderson, former WSCC president Bill Anderson, WSCC administrator Dan Dellar, WSCC support staff member Irma Hinosa, community member Sarah Alden and student Emily McKenna.

On the first day (April 8),  the committee is expected to conduct seven 40 minute interviews with the candidates. They will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 4:10 p.m. with a 40-minute lunch break included.

That will be followed up on the second day with four more interviews that start at 9 a.m. and conclude at 12:10 p.m. After a 30-minute lunch break the committee will begin its deliberations on narrowing the field down to three to five candidates.

“Our plans are at the end of the second day we will have the names that will be recommended to the board for review,” said Smith. “We have some real quality candidates and we have a difficult task, but with the number of qualified candidates that there are it should be a difficult task. I am looking forward to it as ACCT people will be there to guide us through it and probably conduct our deliberation at the end of it.”

Those receiving interviews are:

* Dr. Burton Webb, vice president of academic affairs at Nortwest Nazarene University in Idaho;

* Robert Spohr, vice president of student and academic affairs at Montcalm Community College in Michigan;

* Dr. Melissa Denardo, provost/vice president of learning and student services at Community College of Beaver County in Pennsylvannia;

* Dr. Ann Branchini, academic dean/chief academic officer at Three Rivers Community College in Connecticut;

* Dr. Kathryn Mullins, executive deputy to the board and board liaison at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan;

* Dr. Alan Punches, associate dean at Ohio University in Ohio;

* Dr. Randell Daniels, vice president of student services and information services at Monroe Community College in Michigan;

* Dr. Stephen Nacco, vice president of administrative services at Union County College in New Jersey;

* Dr.Russ Rothmer, vice president of academic affairs at Coconino Community College in Arizona;

* Dr. Jason Wood, executive vice president for student and academic services at Central Wyoming College in Wyoming; and

* Dr. Kenneth Urban, interim president at Nicolet Area Technical College in Wisconsin.

April 8

* 10 – 10:40 a.m.: Dr. Wood;

* 10:50 – 11:30 a.m.: Dr. Branchini;

* 11:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.: Dr. Urban;

* 12:20 – 1 p.m.: lunch;

* 1 – 1:40 p.m.: Dr. Punches;

* 1:50 – 2:30 p.m.: Dr. Nacco;

* 2:40 – 3:20 p.m.: Dr. Webb; and

* 3:30 – 4:10 p.m.: Dr. Daniels.

April 9

* 9 – 9:40 a.m.: Dr. Rothamer;

* 9:50 – 10:30 a.m.:  Mr. Spohr;

* 10:40 – 11:20 a.m.: Dr. Denardo;

* 11: 30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.: Dr. Mullins

* 12:10 – 12:40 p.m.: lunch

* 12:40 p.m.: completion deliberation


Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at

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