Thanks to one of our Kirtland lobbyists for this recent information about Lakeland Community College’s search for an new Associate Dean. Looks like they are back to square one……makes one wonder why there is such a limited number of qualified candidates to meet the needs of our community college.
Members of the Search Committee,
Thank you all for your time, contributions, and patience with the search process for the Associate Dean for Arts and Sciences position. Given the candidates’ limited availability to return to campus after their first on-campus interview, the search process pushed up against the end of the semester which didn’t give enough time for us to collect feedback, make a decision, and then meet together as a group prior to the end of the academic year to discuss the outcome of the search process.
I have now had the opportunity to consider carefully the feedback from the search committee and forums and discuss with Laura the strengths and weaknesses of Carla and Patrick. My conclusion is that neither candidate is ready to assume the duties of the Associate Dean position in a way which would move the Arts and Sciences Division forward. Specifically, concerns were raised about Carla’s demeanor and lack of professionalism in front of the forum audiences, and Patrick’s repeated reliance during the forum on his iPad notes and lack of experience with faculty unions did not instill confidence that he would be successful.
I want to thank all of you again for your participation in this process. Once the fall semester begins, I will call a meeting of the Search Committee to discuss next steps.