KCC Board Selects Next President
The Klamath Community College Board of Education has selected Dr. Roberto Gutierrez as the college’s next president. In a call with KCC officials Tuesday night, Dr. Gutierrez was excited to hear the news and immediately accepted the position, though contractual details must still be worked out before the selection becomes official.
The KCC Board voted in favor of Dr. Gutierrez, who, along with fellow finalist Dr. Jerome “Jerry” Migler, was in Klamath Falls in late March for a series of forums and interviews with the board, KCC faculty, staff and students and the public. There were more than 20 applicants for the position, seven of which were named semifinalists and traveled to Klamath Falls for an initial round of interviews in February and early March.
“The quality of our candidates certainly made this a tough decision,” said KCC Board of Education Chair Dave Jensen. “We had two great finalists and the college would have been in good hands with either candidate, but the board felt that Dr. Gutierrez was the better choice at this time.”
The selection of Dr. Gutierrez effectively ends a months-long search for the next president of KCC, which involved a search committee of more than 20 individuals, including representatives of the board, KCC faculty, staff and students as well as the Klamath Basin community. “It was very nice to see the community become involved in the process,” Jensen said, speaking of community participation in the search committee and of attendance at the public finalist forums. “This is a decision that will likely have an impact far beyond the campus of Klamath Community College and it’s important to have the support of our community.”
Jensen was pleased with the number and quality of applicants. “It’s very encouraging to see that many candidates of that caliber come forward and want to be a part of KCC,” he said. “It really shows the gains that we have made as an institution.” Jensen expects to start contract negotiations as soon as possible.
Current KCC President Gerald Hamilton has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2012.