NCCC prepares to formalize president search

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College is preparing to formally launch the search for its next president.

Current President Steve Tyrell announced in July he will step down after this school year.

“I had really great information from all of the meetings,” Jesse Thompson, senior consultant at R.H. Perry, the executive search firm hired by NCCC, said at Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting. “Everyone, I think, understands the importance of this process.”

On Wednesday, Thompson met with faculty, staff, students and other relevant groups at NCCC’s Saranac Lake campus to collect data for a coming executive search profile for NCCC. The college also offers classes in Malone and Ticonderoga.

“The next step would be the launch of the formal search process,” Thompson said.

Diana Fortune, chair of the NCCC Search Committee and director of the NCCC Foundation, said that formal start date is waiting on the SUNY chancellor to convene the first meeting of the Search Committee. She said more information will be available soon. The NCCC Search Committee was appointed by the Board of Trustees.

After launch, Fortune said Thompson will put together an executive search profile that will posted to the college’s website, based on both SUNY guidelines for a potential candidate and data Thompson gathered at the college.

“We will keep that page updated so that everything is transparent,” Fortune said.

According to the SUNY Guidelines for Presidential Searches for Community Colleges, criteria are: usually an earned doctorate degree, administrative experience, leadership qualities, demonstrated commitment to higher education, good people skills, and commitment to the principles of diversity and equal opportunity.

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