Montgomery College plans forums to gather feedback on next president

Montgomery College will host a series of forums for members of its school community to gather feedback on the qualities most important for the school’s next president.

When Charlene Dukes took over the college’s interim leadership role this month, board chair Michael Knapp announced that the search for the next president had begun. The next president will succeed DeRionne Pollard, who led Montgomery College for more than a decade before taking a new job in Nevada.

In June, the college hired Greenwood/Asher & Associates to conduct a national search for Pollard’s replacement. The company will receive $60,000 or one-third of the hired candidate’s total first-year salary, whichever is greater.

In a letter to the school community this month, Knapp wrote that the board expects a “strong candidate pool” and to hire someone before the winter break.

At a meeting to mark the start of the fall semester on Monday morning, Knapp said forums to gather public feedback will be held virtually Sept. 20, 22 and 28.

A “presidential research advisory committee” will be established in September, according to Knapp’s message. Board Vice-Chair Michael Brintnall will lead an advisory committee made up of students, staff, trustees and others.

Members will be invited or appointed by the college community. There will be about 20 people on the committee, Knapp said Monday.

A website created to provide periodic updates on presidential research states that “the most competitive presidential candidates will be those who embrace the college’s spirit of innovation, performance excellence, and radical inclusion. , and who have a combination of education, training and experience appropriate for the position.”

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at [email protected]

Harry L. Blanchard