BEND, OR -- Central Oregon Community College is on the hunt for a new leader. Dr. Shirley Metcalf, COCC’s current president, announced earlier this month she plans to retire at the end of this school year.
Dr. Metcalf tells KBND News the Board of Directors has a plan for finding her replacement, They have already hired a consultant who specializes in nationwide searches, and they approved the composition of the search committee." That committee will be made up of a diverse group, "Faculty, a student, classified staff and community members; so, we’re looking at quite a large committee. Then, we’ll also be having community forums to ask the communities, as well as our internal community, about the president." Those community forums will take place across COCC’s district over the next couple of months; a schedule is expected to be released soon.
She says they will move quickly, "It takes quite a long while; the board is hoping February or March that they will be naming the new president." The goal is to have the new president in place by the time school starts next fall.