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BEND, OR -- Central Oregon Community College continues its search for a new President who will take over when Dr. Shirley Metcalf retires this summer. COCC’s Ron Paradis says the search committee is ready to conduct video interviews with a group of semifinalists, "We had well over 50 applications, which – for a search for a President of a community college – is a really strong number. We have a Presidential Search Advisory Committee that looked through all those applications and lowered the number down. And, next week, that group will be doing ‘technology enhanced’ interviews with somewhere between nine and 12 candidates, about an hour a piece, over a two-day period."  A handful of finalists will then be invited to visit COCC in person, "Probably either three or four because, when we do bring them out, we bring them out for two days, so it’s quite a commitment for them and quite a commitment for the college."


Paradis says the process was not impacted by the recent resignation of COCC Board Chair John Mundy, who also led the search committee, "Haven’t skipped a beat, aren’t hearing any negative feedback from any of our candidates. They’re all aware of what happened, but we’re not losing anybody because of this. We’re still feeling like we’re in really good shape." He tells KBND News new Chair Laura Craska Cooper also led the board during the school's last presidential search. 


While Mundy's position as Chair was quickly filled by Craska Cooper, his Zone Five board seat remains vacant. Paradis says applications will be accepted through Monday, "At this point, we’ve received one. But, we’ve got a deadline of Monday and we’ve heard from several other people so, we’re pretty sure we’re going to get a nice pool. We’ve asked people to send in a resume and quick letter by Monday and then a board committee will take a look and decide where to go from there." Applicants must live in Zone five, which encompasses much of Bend. 

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