HED:NEMCC president search down to 4

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

BOONEVILLE Four men have emerged as finalists in the search for a candidate to succeed Joe Childers as president of Northeast Mississippi Community College.

The names of the four finalists were released Monday following a joint meeting of the Presidential Search Committee and the NEMCC Board of Trustees. Only one of the four is a Mississippian.

Co-chairman of the search committee M. Paul Haynes of Baldwyn presented the finalists in alphabetical order to the full board Tuesday.

The finalists are Dr. Charles W. Chance of Parsons, Kan.; Dr. Joe D. Forrester of Leadville, Colo.; Dr. David L. Powe of Gulfport, formerly of Booneville; and Dr. James L. Taylor of Levelland, Texas.

The search committee has read and ranked a total of 58 applications from 25 states during the past two months. Interviews were held last week with eight semifinalists.

A national search for a new president was launched in January with the assistance of the Association of Community College Trustees.

A cross-section of the educational community has been involved in the search. Members of the search committee were chosen from the faculty, student government, alumni association, the community at large and the board of trustees.

Board interviews

The four finalists will be interviewed by the full 15-member board of trustees. Board Chairman Thomas D. Keenum indicated the interviews will be held in about three weeks.

The Association of Community College Trustees will provide in-depth, summary reference reports on each of the final candidates.

The successful candidate should be ready to assume the new duties by July 1.

Childers, who has served as president at Northeast since 1987, announced in December the he would retire on June 30.

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