BCC president search down to nine

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PITTSFIELD -- The Berkshire Community College Presidential Search Com mittee has selected nine candidates to be interviewed as semifinalists in its search for a new leader.

The group met on Tuesday to reviews its top 15 candidates, based on each committee members’ evaluation and ranking of the applicants. At the end of the meeting, each member listed his or her top choices, and ultimately, the list was narrowed to nine candidates.

The nine will be invited to interview with the search committee on Friday and Saturday at an off-campus location. All meetings of the search committee and the BCC Board of Trustees are public under the open meeting law.

"From there, the charge to the committee is to submit at least three candidates to the Board of Trustees," said Board Chairwoman Susan Lombard.

Board-conducted interviews and campus visits will take place the week of May 7, and a vote for the next president of BCC will take place at the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting on May 22.

The trustees will then work in consultation with the state’s Board of Higher Education. The BCC trustees choice for a president is subject to final approval, which will be considered at the BHE meeting on June 19.

Ellen Kennedy, dean of administration and finance, has been serving as interim president for Berkshire Com munity College since Paul Raverta retired from the position in January.

Job qualifications ...

According to an executive search profile composed by R.H. Perry & Associates, the Berkshire Community College Board of Trustees seeks a new president who will make a long-term commitment to the college and has the following skills and qualities:

n Is a person of vision.

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n Has an entrepreneurial spirit.

n Is comitted to student success.

n Has a commitment to educational freedom and innovation.

n Demonstrates listening and communication skills that support community building.

n Believes "community" relations are essential to a college’s success.

n Has strong business and fundraising skills.

n Is experienced in establishing strong ties with legislative leaders.

n Exhibits a collaborative management style.

n Is committed to effectively representing the college at the state level.

n Advocates for adult learners, workforce development, and regional economic growth.


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