Candidates for the Baton Rouge Community College chancellor position include the former EATEL president and the chancellors of SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles and Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe.
The Louisiana Community and Technical College System publicly announced eight candidates for the job on Thursday, three days after The Advocate filed a public records request. The application deadline to the Association of Community College Trustees assisting the search was Oct. 5.
A BRCC search committee is expected to be named next week. LCTCS President Joe May said he will conduct some private interviews and the search committee will start interviewing “probably three finalists” in November.
There will be public forums with the finalists with students, faculty, staff and the BRCC foundation that the public can attend, May said.
The eight current candidates, in alphabetical order, are:
e_SBlt Walter Asonevich, president of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.
e_SBlt Robert Burgess, retired former president and chief operating officer of EATEL Louisiana. He lives in Prairieville.
e_SBlt Andrea Lewis Miller, chancellor of SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles.
e_SBlt Robert Miller, vice president for the Golden Triangle Campus and district operations at East Mississippi Community College.
e_SBlt Luke Robins, chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe.
e_SBlt George Santiago, president of Briarcliff College in New York.
e_SBlt Evon Walters, executive dean and campus CEO of Suffolk County Community College in New York.
• Mary Wyatt, associate director and teacher educator at Savannah State University in Georgia.
May has said the goal is to hire a new BRCC chancellor in December, although the timeline is tentative.
In July, interim BRCC Chancellor Jim Horton took over the job from Myrtle Dorsey, who left BRCC to become chancellor of St. Louis Community College.
Horton retired at the end of June as the president of Yavapai College in northern Arizona. He vowed not to seek the job beyond the interim.
“Right now I’m feeling really good about the eight (candidates),” May said. “It’s a very strong pool, a very diverse pool.”
May also said he is pleased that two of the top candidates are sitting college chancellors within the state. “I think that’s a sign of us really maturing as a system,” he said.
The possibility remains for more candidates to join the group if someone stands out, May said, but that is unlikely.
The chancellor search committee will include LCTCS Board of Supervisors members Stephen Toups and Tim Hardy, both of Baton Rouge. But the rest of the search committee of faculty, staff and community leaders will not be finalized until next week, May said.
Once the chancellor finalists are selected, the search committee will make its recommendations to May, who said he will then recommend his top choice to the LCTCS Board in December.
“Up until now, it’s been a process,” May said. “Now, it’s about finding the right person.”