CMC interim president named a finalist for top job |

CMC interim president named a finalist for top job

SUMMIT COUNTY – An administrator who had formerly eyed retirement is now one of the top candidates to fill Colorado Mountain College’s vacant president position.

Following a meeting Thursday in Denver of the college’s board of trustees, Robert Spuhler has been named a finalist for the community college’s president. Spuhler was formerly the vice president in charge of administration and student services and is currently serving as interim president.

CMC president Cynthia Heelan announced she is retiring Oct. 31 after nine years in the leadership role, the longest of any of the college’s six presidents. Heelan left her $174,000 salary due to health problems, and the board of trustees granted her a 10-year, $350,000 retirement package including health benefits.

In June, the college’s trustees voted to pursue the search for a new president by first evaluating any internal candidates. Earlier this month, trustees gathered feedback from faculty and staff to form a “presidential search profile” and determined that Spuhler met the criteria.

College officials, including Spuhler, the chairman of the board of trustees and Summit County’s representative to the board of trustees, could not be reached for comment Friday. It was not clear whether there were any other internal candidates, or whether Spuhler would be considered alongside any external candidates.

According to a statement released Friday by the college, the trustees are expected to announce next month whether Spuhler will get the job.

Prior to Heelan’s announcement, Spuhler was preparing to move on. Then-Leadville campus dean David Borofsky was to spend a year taking the reins from Spuhler. Borofsky now serves as the college’s vice president.

CMC covers nine counties and 12,000 square miles, including the Breckenridge and Dillon campuses.

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