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CMC president search narrowed to two

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The search for a new president of the Colorado Mountain College District is down to two: Dr. Joe Forrester and Dr. Stanley Jensen.

The college board of directors announced the narrowing of the list of candidates on Tuesday, noting that the selection process included the unusual step of gathering input from ordinary citizens in the seven-county, 12,000-square mile district, which includes campuses in Aspen and Glenwood Springs.

“The board tried to design a very inclusionary process,” said Doris Dewton, CMC Board of Trustees chair and Eagle County trustee. “We’re pleased with the high-quality input we received from the college and its constituencies.”



The next step, according to Kelly Johnson, CMC’s director of human resources, is for a committee of three trustees and three administrators to visit current or recent workplaces of the two finalists later in February. The group will meet with individuals chosen by Forrester and Jensen, tour the college campuses and ask others there for input, and hold one-on-one interviews with each of the two finalists.

The committee is made up of Dewton, Summit County trustee Dick Bateman and Pitkin County trustee Anne Freedman, as well as administrators Nancy Genova of the Roaring Fork Campus, executive vice president Lin Stickler, and Kelly Johnson




Forrester worked for the college from 1989 to 1999 as Timberline Campus dean in Leadville and currently is president of the Community College of Beaver County in Monaca, Pa.

Jensen has spent the past 19 years as president of a company that provides training in leadership development, team building, process improvement training and strategic planning to businesses, colleges and nonprofit organizations.

Current President Dr. Bob Spuhler’s contract expires June 30, 2008, ending a tenure of 20 years, or half of the time the college has existed. He retires at a salary of $179,974, and a new salary range for the incoming president has yet to be set, according to CMC’s public relations director, Deborah Crawford.


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