Firm selected for president search
By Robin Morales
The LCC Board of Trustees voted unanimously Oct. 29 to select Greenwood Asher, Inc., as the consulting firm to help screen early potential candidates for LCC’s seventh president.
“We want to draw the best candidates to the college and, by using a consulting firm to do this, that really puts us on that trajectory,” said LCC Trustee Ryan Buck.
“I want to make sure that this is a transparent process, because that will underscore the legitimacy of the president that is selected. But we also have to balance that with confidentiality. The best candidates are not going to want their names known – that they’re interested in the position – because that will put them at stake or at jeopardy of their current positions.”
According to Buck, the next step in the presidential search is for the board and Greenwood Asher to design a profile of the college by gathering information from stakeholders and various groups consisting of faculty, administrators and students.
“We haven’t really designed the exact process yet, but there’s been talk of … going through those applications in a confidential matter,” Buck said. “Then we narrow it down to our top candidates … The discussion is to have public interviews where those names would then become public information.”
Chairman of the Board Lawrence Hidalgo Jr. commented on the trend of declining enrollment at LCC, and the visibility of this issue amid the presidential search.
“Absolutely we will ask our next president to weigh in on ways they may know of to help increase our (enrollment),” Hidalgo said. “That will be very important for us as we talk to whoever is our next president.”
Current LCC President Brent Knight, 73, announced his retirement July 11 after serving in this capacity for more than 11 years.
According to the Board of Trustees, the target date to select his successor is July 1, 2020.
For more information on the search, throughout the year, visit https://lcc.edu/about/board-of-trustees/presidential-search/.