The ongoing process to select Calumet College of St. Joseph’s new president is expected to reach a conclusion by February’s end.
After considering three candidates, the selection committee has narrowed their choice to two.
The committee based its selection on guidelines that represent CCSJ’s needs and also surveys completed by students after each visit of the candidates: Dr. Tim Collins, Dr. Amy McCormack, and Dr. Gary Brown.
“The selection committee used the surveys to move forward.” CCSJ Vice President Dr. Rodriguez said. “We also had guidelines that we had set up for what we were looking in a president. For example, fundraising is one of the areas that the college needs to move forward.”
Dr. Rodriguez said either candidate will be a good fit for the college, although she declined to name the finalists.
“I think both of these candidates bring strong skills to the table, “Dr. Rodriguez said, “We will be focusing on the college’s financial health and some of the students’ issues.”
Dormitories facilities at CCSJ will be a goal that the new president will be committed to accomplish.
“Both of the candidates are committed to bring dormitories to the college and we think that both of them have the skills that we would need in order to do that,” Dr. Rodriguez stated.
Issues like financial aid for undocumented students and privacy won’t be affected by the new CCSJ’s administration as Dr. Daniel Lowery, CCSJ’s current president, guaranteed last year.
“I know that some of our undocumented students are alarmed at the results of the (presidential) election. We have long committed ourselves as an institution to their confidentiality. This will not change. And we have earmarked substantial financial resources to their education, as well, given their ineligibility for federal and state aid. Again, this will not change,” said Dr. Lowery in a letter directed to CCSJ’s undocumented students last November.
Dr. Rodriguez said the college created a committee of faculty members to look after undocumented students.
“Faculty members have constituted an ongoing committee that will continue to represent undocumented students’ interest,” Dr. Rodriguez said.
Up to this point, negotiations are still proceeding, and the faculty doesn’t want to disclose any selected candidates’ name until a conclusion has been made.
“At this moment it is difficult to say very much. We don’t want to make any definitive announcement until the contract is definitely signed up” Dr. Rodriguez said.
The faculty expects to make a decision regarding the new president during the last weeks of February.
“Certainly by the end of February, we will be in a position where we will know and we will be able to have a specific announcement about this issue,” said Dr. Rodriguez.
Dr. Lowery will serve as president until July 6.
Felipe Espinosa is the Editor of The Shavings newspaper. He is also a native of Colombia and a senior majoring in English, Writing, and Professional Communications with a specialization in international communications at Calumet College of St. Joseph.
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