Cañada College in need of president

According to a press release passed out on Wednesday November 5 by Barbara Christensen, Canãda College is still without a campus President. Christensen is the Director of Community/Government Relations for the San Mateo County Community College District. Currently Tom Mohr is sitting in as Interim President and is going to continue to remain so until such a time a suitable candidate is found.

The selection process had gotten to the point where they were down to two finalists. The Board of Trustees of the SMCCCD decided that it would be in the best interest of everyone involved to simply conduct a brand new presidential search.

This decision was made with the consideration of the Canãda faculty, staff and students that were solicited at the Open Forums that were held on March 13 and March 14.

The forum featured the Candidates, the Chancellor & the Board of Trustees. Also included were Allan Hoffman, Vice President of Instruction at Hartnell College, and Cecilia Cervantes, President of the College of Alameda. The Board of Trustees collected all the information and reviewed the feedback they received.

The Board of Trustees also reviewed comments from the Selection Committee on the candidates, and consulted with the District administration. It was that information that ultimately led to the Board deciding to refuse either candidate to be President of Canãda College.

Currently the search continues for the replacement to previous Canãda President, Rosa Perez, who was hired as a Chancellor for the San Jose Evergreen Community College District. One potential delay to plans is that in the Bay Area alone, there are 4 presidential searches under way in other colleges.

The current deliberation is regarding when it would be worthwhile in this climate to continue the search.

When spoken to via phone interview Christensen said, “We definitely will continue the search. The inkling is to wait. Until when … we do not know.”