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Cabrillo narrows president search

Modified: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

APTOS — Cabrillo College officials are narrowing their search for a new president, and the public is invited to participate in the next phase in two community forums.

The forums, scheduled for May 22 and 23 at the Aptos and the Watsonville campuses, will feature a question-and-answer session with each of the five candidates by several college representatives. Thee include the Cabrillo’s Board of Trustees, members from each of the college’s constituent groups, faculty, staff, a student and a community member.

Brian King, the past president, stepped down in November. Interim President John Hendrickson started in January.

“This has been an extensive, national search with broad representation and we are pleased with the extremely qualified pool of candidates we have received,” said Alan Smith, Cabrillo Trustee and Chair of the President/Superintendent Search Committee. “We look forward to presenting this impressive slate of finalists to the Cabrillo community and having the opportunity for open dialogue.”

At the conclusion of the forums, each finalist candidate will meet with the Cabrillo College Board of Trustees for a final interview. The Board of Trustees is expected to make a decision on the final candidate by June, and the new President and Superintendent of Cabrillo College will begin in his or her role by the start of the Fall semester.


Cabrillo College will hold the forums on May 22 and 23 at the Aptos and Watsonville campuses. Members of the community are welcome.

The Aptos campus forums will be held in the Samper Music Recital Hall, 6500 Soquel Drive in Aptos.

The Watsonville Campus forums will be held in Room A150, 318 Union Street in Watsonville.


The five finalist candidates for the position are:

• Dr. Tod Burnett, President, Saddleback College

• Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns, Vice President of Student Services, San Jose City College

• Mr. Farley Herzek, Interim President, East Los Angeles College

• Dr. Laurel Jones, President, Mission College

• Dr. Pamela Walker, Vice President of Student Services, American River College

Forum schedule

Wednesday, May 22 forums

•Dr. Pamela Walker

Watsonville forum: 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

Aptos forum: 1 – 1:50 p.m.

• Farley Herzek

Watsonville forum: 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Aptos forum: 2 – 2:50 p.m.

• Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns

Watsonville forum: 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.

Aptos forum: 3 – 3:50 p.m.

Thursday, May 23 forums

•Dr. Laurel Jones

Watsonville forum: 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Aptos forum: 2 – 2:50 p.m.

•Dr. Tod Burnett

Watsonville forum: 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.

Aptos forum: 3 – 3:50 p.m.

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