Three high-ranking administrators at Southern California community colleges are the finalists to lead Modesto Junior College, which has been seeking a president since Richard Rose left the campus in December.
The candidates are:
Gaither Loewenstein, vice president of educational services at Norco College
Kimberly Perry, vice president of academic affairs at Los Angeles City College
Mark Zacovic, interim vice president of administrative services at the Pasadena Area Community College District
They'll visit Modesto next week for community forums where students, staff and the public can ask questions.
Zacovic is a familiar name — he was one of two finalists nearly three years ago for the chancellor position at the Yosemite Community College District, MJC's parent district. Trustees chose Roe Darnell.
In December, MJC's Ken White was picked as interim president, taking the reigns from Rose days after Rose was asked to leave. Rose was regarded as a lame duck when trustees declined to extend his contract last summer, but his abrupt departure still was surprising for many on and off campus.
White is MJC's dean of business, behavioral and social sciences. MJC enrolls about 18,000 students.
Thirty-nine people applied for the MJC presidency, none of them from the campus. Of the applicants, 24 are from California and 15 are from out of state. The applications were screened over the past month, with some interviews last week.
Trustees could name a replacement as early as next month.
Officials are looking for someone with upper management experience who can navigate MJC through the state's rough economic times. The person also will need to work well with all campus stakeholders — students, instructors, staff, business leaders and community members.