The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees met Thursday to begin to form a plan for how it will seek a new president and who will be in charge in the interim.
The board accepted former president Stan Jensen's resignation Dec. 27. Jensen served in that position for four years and received a severance package of $500,000. The board convened Thursday for a meeting to discuss plans to replace Jensen and make a presidential appointment for the interim.
"I think this process should be very open," said Boardmember Pat Chlouber. "(The public) should see and hear our conversations. It should be as transparent as possible."
Currently, senior vice president Jill Boyle has operational authority at CMC, in accordance with college policy. Boyle, who began at CMC two years ago, is not considered an interim president.
At the meeting, the board decided that it would be better to take some time to consider candidates for the interim position rather than to hire an immediate presidential replacement. The discussion then centered around whether the interim position should go to an outside or an inside hire.
It was decided that boardmembers Chlouber and Mary Ellen Denomy would provide the board with a list of suggested interim candidates at a later date. Any interim candidate will not be involved with the final permanent position hiring process, nor will he or she be considered for the job.
The board discussed how best to perform the search to permanently fill the position of CMC president. A final motion was made and passed that the board of trustees "seek out an outside agency to assist the board to conduct a national search for our new president." Research into which agency to be chosen will take cost into consideration.
A second motion requested that executive assistant Debbie Novak work with college departments, including human resources, to compile information for the trustees on the permanent search process in terms of names of potential search agencies and speculations as to cost.
The board has not yet finalized the job description for the new president. Considerations are still in place about potentially forming two new positions - president and chancellor. The idea - though not yet officially defined - would likely see the president in charge of day-to-day operations reporting to the chancellor, who would be involved with higher-level strategic planning and outreach to the community.