Wednesday May 2, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Berkshire Community College has released the names of three finalists for the president's job.

They are Steven G. Budd, president of River Valley Community College in Claremont, N.H.; Ellen Kennedy, BCC's interim president; and Valerie R. Roberson, vice president of academic affairs at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Ill.

Each candidate will visit the campus between May 7 and 10 and meet with college faculty, staff, and students. Each also be interviewed individually by the board of trustees.

BCC expects the new president to be in place by July 1. He or she will succeed Paul Raverta, who retired after serving as interim president and then president for six years.

"The presidential search committee completed its charge from the board of trustees and has recommended three highly qualified candidates," Ross Dindio, the chairman of the committee, said in a statement. "The openness and transparency with which the committee conducted their process and deliberations has been beneficial to both the community at-large as well as the faculty and staff of Berkshire Community College."

The committee reviewed 38 applications and interviewed seven semifinalists.

At the May 22 board of trustees meeting, the board will vote to recommend one candidate to the Board of Higher Education for its approval. The Board of Higher Education will vote June 19 on the finalist at its regularly scheduled meeting at Cape Cod Community College.


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About the candidates

Budd received his bachelor's, master's in business administration, and doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts. Budd has held administrative roles at Springfield Technical Community College and Greenfield Community College. He is the president of River Valley Community College.

Kennedy received her bachelor's degree from North Adams State College, now MCLA; master's in business administration from the University of Massachusetts; and master's in public administration from Harvard University. She is pursuing a doctorate in education from Northeastern University. Kennedy has held senior positions at National Patient Safety Foundation, WFCR New England Public Radio, and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Kennedy, who is serving as BCC's interim president, also has served as BCC's vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer.

Roberson received her bachelor's from Bradley University; master's in adult education, employee training and development from Roosevelt University; and doctorate in higher education administration from Illinois State University. She has taken courses toward a doctorate in human development and social policy at Northwestern University. She has held various administrative positions at City College of Chicago, Olive-Harvey College where she served as president, Heartland Community College, Trition Community College, Chicago City-Wide College, and Roosevelt University. She is the vice president of academic affairs at Joliet Junior College.