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RCC could pick new president by April

The RCC board met Nov. 16, approving a timeline for the search

Rogue Community College could have a new president by early April of next year.

The school’s board of education convened this week to approve a host of items regarding the search for a new president, including a timeline, which is now available online. The timeline shows a new president could be announced by RCC April 4, and he or she could begin their job in June or July.

Once the search timeline is met, RCC will have a successor to the current president, Cathy Kemper-Pelle.

A spokeswoman with RCC told the newspaper Friday that the school had no additional comments about the search beyond what is posted online.

From now until the end of the month, advertisements for the top leadership position will be posted on job recruiting sites.

And then, from the beginning of November until January, the search firm Gold Hill will recruit candidates. Applications — sent electronically to the consultant and search committee — will have a “soft closing” date of Jan. 21.

Gold Hill will then take the applications and help the search committee narrow them down to seven to nine semi-finalists for interviews.

The consultant and the search committee will meet after those sessions to select the candidates to forward to the board of education for “final interviews.” The board could accept those candidates or make changes, the RCC website says.

March 7-11 are expected to be the days when the finalists come to campus for interviews and meetings with the campus community.

From March 16-21, if the board chooses, it could send “a team” to visit the places where the finalists work. The website offers no other details about this.

On March 24, the board is expected to select a final candidate. Salary and contract negotiations with that person would ensue before April 4, when the announcement of a new president is made.

The new details on the search for a new RCC president came not long after Southern Oregon University conducted a president search of its own, selecting Richard J. Bailey, Jr., president of Northern New Mexico College. Bailey is expected to begin his new job Jan. 15.