|The Presidential Search Committee for Crowder College met at the Neosho campus on December 20th and reviewed reference information on seven semi-finalists selected earlier. After careful review and discussion the Committee, that consisted of a cross-section of college personnel, board members and community representatives, recommended three finalists to the full Crowder Board of Trustees.
Dr. Brent Bates of Sedalia, Missouri who currently serves as vice president of education and student support services at State Fair Community College. He has 26 years at Missouri and Kansas community colleges with the past 14 years in senior administrative roles. He holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in community college curriculum from Kansas State University.
Dr. Jim Cummins of Neosho who currently serves as vice president of finance at Crowder College. Prior to coming to Crowder College in January 2012, he served in various area school districts as superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal and teacher. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri.
Dr. Jennifer Methvin of Hope, Arkansas who currently serves as vice chancellor for academics at the University of Arkansas-Community College at Hope. Prior to this she was a division chair at the University of Arkansas-Community College at Batesville and taught English at various universities. Her Ph.D. in community college leadership is from Walden University.
The candidates will be brought to campus for extensive interviews with the Crowder Board of Trustees, tours of the college and community and open forums to which the public will be invited. Information on the forums will be announced once scheduling is determined.
The Board hopes to offer the position to the winning candidate by April. The start date of the new president will depend on the schedule of the person selected for the position, but no later than July 1st.