A North Coast candidate has been added to the pool of semifinalists for the president position at Clatsop Community College.

The college board added Stephen Schoonmaker, the vice president of instruction at CCC, at a special meeting Monday night.

The action came after the board received word that another semifinalist, Richard MacLennan, vice president at Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash., had withdrawn his name from further consideration. A search company provided a half-dozen semifinalists from about 40 applicants.

Dirk Rohne, the board chairman, said the board wanted to move forward with the interview process with six strong applicants.

"All of these candidates are top-tier candidates," Rohne said.

Next the board will begin formal, in depth interviews with all six semifinalists in May, to be followed by site visits at their current institutions, Rohne said.

Schoonmaker, of Astoria, was vice president of Instruction and Student Services at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay  and associate dean of Arts and Sciences at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque before coming to the area. Schoonmaker holds a doctorate in education in Educational Administration from New Mexico State University.

He joins the other semi-finalists Sara Burns, Shirley Metcalf, Larry Galizio, Joseph Olson and James Sorenson.

Burns is the vice president of instruction at Lake Washington Technical College in Kirkland, Wash.; Metcalf is the vice president of College Advancement and Extended Learning at the same institution.

Galizio is a former state legislator who works as director of strategic planning with the Oregon University System.

Olson is the vice president for Military, Community and Economic Development with Copper Mountain Community College in Joshua Tree, Calif.

Sorensen lives in Bellingham, Wash., and previously served for seven years as president of Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario.

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