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BEND, OR -- Central Oregon Community College has narrowed its list of finalists for president.

Dr. Jim Middleton retired earlier this year, and Dr. Shirley Metcalf is serving as Interim President until a permanent replacement is found. 


Ron Paradis with COCC says the four new candidates will interview on campus next month. "The interviews are being scheduled for the last two weeks in January.  Each candidate will have two days on campus and will go through a series of meetings on campus and community forums in Bend, Redmond, Madras and Prineville."


The finalists include Dr. Leah Bornstein, President of Coconino Community Colelge in Arizona; Dr. Jimmie Bruce, V.P. of Academic Success at Northwest Vista College in Texas and Dr. Tony Miksa, V.P. of Academic and Student Affairs at McHenry County College in Illinois.  A fourth candidate's name is not being released until the first of the year,  so this person can inform colleagues and others.


This is the second search effort for the college.  Last year an offer to Patrick Lanning was rescinded after college officials learned he had been accused of sexually assaulting a colleague at a conference.  Paradis says the Association of Community College Trustees is already conducting background checks on the finalists. "ACCT started background checks, and there will be more extensive checks. We'll be asking the candidates if there is anything outside of their resume that might be embarrassing, or could cause embarrassment for the college. But we're confident there's nothing there." 

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