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BTC Board sets course to find new president

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
November 4, 2009
— The Blackhawk Technical College Board is wasting no time in planning for new leadership.

The board held a special meeting Tuesday night to start the process of finding a new president to lead the college, and one member suggested the board will look seriously at minority candidates.


President Eric Larson announced Oct. 21 that he will retire in June after 12 years leading the college.


The board on Tuesday approved a request for proposals to be sent to 23 organizations that specialize in higher-education executive searches.


The board plans to review proposals at a meeting Dec. 1, to interview the finalists on Dec. 8 and to award a contract for search services at the board’s regular meeting Dec. 16.


A tentative schedule calls for finalizing the recruitment process in January, recruitment of candidates in February and March and initial interviews in March and April.


Interviews and site visits for the finalists would be between April 15 and May 14. The board would choose its next president May 19. The new president would begin work July 1.


Board member Jim Munro noted during Tuesday’s meeting that the board has set a goal of looking at minority candidates when it hires administrators.


“I think we need to look at that at the president level, too,” Munro said after the meeting.


The board’s last two administrative hires were members of minority groups. The new vice president of finance and college operations, Renea Ranguette, is an American Indian, and the new vice president of student services, Edward Robinson, is black.



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