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Presidential Search Update

September 14, 2015

Sent on behalf of Thomas A. Heywood, Chair, Presidential Search Committee

Dear Southern Community:

As Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College continues to seek its 9th president, we are happy to report the fourth phase of the search is progressing as planned. We are pleased with the substantial pool of qualified individuals who are interested in this opportunity.

To date, 60 individuals applied, were nominated by others or were contacted by the search consultant, Dr. George Ayers, of Ayers & Associates, Inc.  We expect to receive a short list of the 10-12 most promising candidates (unranked) based on the assessment of the Ayers & Associates Consultant Team for review by the Presidential Search Committee before the end of September.

Once the Presidential Search Committee has reviewed the application materials of the 10-12 most promising candidates, it will determine 6-8 semi-finalist candidates to be interviewed.  Ayers & Associates will communicate with the candidates on behalf of the Committee to confirm continued interest in the position.  The Search Committee will conduct preliminary confidential interviews off-campus with the semi-finalist candidates.  The candidates' identities will remain strictly confidential.

Based on the preliminary interviews and further reviews of their candidacies, the Presidential Search Committee will recommend 3-5 unranked finalist candidates for on-campus interviews.  During the on-campus visits, final candidates will participate in open forums with the college community, and interview with the Presidential Search Committee along with 2-3 members of the Council for Community and Technical College Education.  We anticipate these interviews will occur in mid to late October and/or early November.

The ultimate responsibility for selecting Southern's 9th president rests with the Presidential Search Committee, but we are committed to an inclusive process and look forward to receiving feedback from the college community.  It is anticipated the Presidential Search Committee will make its recommendation of the chosen candidate to the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education for approval in December.

Please direct questions or feedback regarding the presidential search to

More information on the search for Southern's next president is available by clicking here.

Thank you for your interest in the search for the 9th president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.



Thomas A. Heywood, Chair
Presidential Search Committee
and Board of Governors