Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Edison Community College Selects Four Candidates for President

Edison Community College has selected four candidates for the position of President and will bring each candidate to campus for two days between March 17 and April 2. The selected candidate will replace Interim President Dr. Karen Rafinski, who has led the College following Dr. Cristobal Valdez’s announced departure in the previous academic year.

Dr. David Devier, Mr. David Gerlach, Dr. Doreen Larson, and Dr. Matthew Reed will each be on campus for two days during the interview process. The Board Search Committee and the Advisory Committee initially reviewed approximately 40 applications before trimming the list to 10 semifinalists who were interviewed off campus by both committees.

The four candidates will tour both the Piqua and the Darke County campuses; participate in open forums with community members, students, staff, and faculty; and meet with the Board of Trustees. After their visits, the Board of Trustees will select the candidate to become Edison’s next President. The new President will be Edison’s fifth since its founding in 1973.

“The Board of Trustees is aware that we are entering a time of great change marked by increasing accountability for student success, degree completion, and diminishing government contributions to higher education,” said Jim Thompson, Chairman of the Board Search Committee and Trustee. “Edison is seeking a leader that can meet our growing expectations. The new President will undoubtedly need to be a strong fundraiser, effective communicator, and successful administrator. We expect the new President to have an unshakeable commitment to student access, student success, and our completion agenda and know how to boldly translate that commitment into positive results, strategies and action.”

Dr. David Devier is the current President of Glen Oakes Community College in Centreville, Michigan. He was previously the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio. Dr. Devier holds a Ph.D. in industrial technology education from The Ohio State University.

Mr. David Gerlach currently serves as the Vice President for Advancement at the State University of New York at Canton. Previously, he was the Dean of Enrollment Management at the same institution. Mr. Gerlach holds a Master of Education in General Studies from St. Lawrence University and expects to defend his dissertation in March/April for his Ph.D. in higher education from Syracuse University.

Dr. Doreen Larson is the current President of Pierpont Community College and Technical College in Fairmont, West Virginia. Previously she served more than 10 years at Lakeland Community College in Ohio as tenure–track faculty member, Dean of Counseling and Assistant Vice President for Student Access and Services. Dr. Larson holds a Ph.D. in special education from Kent State University.

Dr. Matthew Reed is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts. Prior to Holyoke, Dr. Reed served as the division Dean of Liberal Arts at the County College of Morris in New Jersey. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University.

“Academic Search, Inc., our consulting search firm, is assisting Edison in selecting a president with the full range of qualities, skills, and abilities needed to lead Edison to greater levels of student success,” added Thompson. “They have done an outstanding job in finding exceptionally qualified candidates, which we have narrowed to the final four.”

Community members are invited to attend open forums for each candidate from 5:30–6:30 p.m. in the Emerson Center at Edison’s Piqua campus on the following dates. The open forum for Mr. David Gerlach will be held on Tuesday, March 17; Dr. David Devier on Monday, March 23; Dr. Doreen Larson on Tuesday, March 31; and Dr. Matthew Reed on Thursday, April 2.

Each of the candidates’ profiles can be viewed online by visiting www.edisonohio.edu/PresidentialSearch. For additional information, please contact Linda Peltier, Vice President of Strategic Human Resources, at 937-778-7802 or lpeltier@edisonohio.edu.

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