Less than two years after Martha Garcia was hired to lead College of the Desert, she is one of five finalists to become the next president of the state’s largest single campus community college district in Walnut, Mt. San Antonio.
According to a news release from the college, the candidates, in alphabetical order, are:
- Dr. Erika Endrijonas, Superintendent/President, Pasadena City College
- Dr. Nicole Esposito, Chief Executive Officer, Manchester Community College, Manchester, Conn.
- Dr. Martha Garcia, Superintendent/President, College of the Desert
- Dr. Kimberlee Messina, President, Spokane Falls Community College, Washington
- Dr. Katrina VanderWoude, Vice Chancellor, Los Angeles Community College District
The final five candidates were selected from a group of 12 semifinalists who were interviewed Feb. 23, Feb. 24 and Feb. 27. In total, Mt. SAC received 37 applications from throughout the country. Twenty-nine candidates were forwarded to the screening committee.
The five finalists will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to the Mt. SAC community at a public forum on March 6, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Sophia B. Clarke Theater.
One month before Kinnamon, an outspoken critic of Garcia, was elected to the Board of Trustees, the Board of voted 3-2 to extend Garcia’s contract — and give her a hefty pay hike.
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