Clatsop Community College is working to find a new leader, and six semifinalists have been named.

The board announced the names at its regular Tuesday board meeting, and plans to interview the applicants in early May. Coincidentally, two are from the same technical college in Washington.

Board Chairman Dirk Rohne said the board was pleased with the applicant pool that responded to fill the shoes left empty by former President Greg Hamann in February. Hamann is now president at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany.

"I think we're all really excited with the choices we have," Rohne said Tuesday. The board was prepared to continue searching if the initial call for applicants didn't yield enough viable candidates, he said. But, that wasn't the case.

"The fact that we can move forward with what we have is encouraging," he added.

A search firm helped a board-appointed committee - made up of faculty, staff, and community members - review about 40 applications and recommend the following applicants as semi-finalists:

? Sara Burns lives in Steilacoom, Wash., and has a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane. Burns is the vice president of instruction at Lake Washington Technical College in Kirkland, Wash. Past roles that Burns has filled have been vice president of instruction at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Wash. and vice president of learning and student success at Pierce College in Fort Steilacoom, Wash.

? Larry Galizio lives in Tigard, and is currently with the Oregon University System as the director of strategic planning. Galizio received his Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University. He has also held the position of Instructor and Director of Forensics (speech and debate) at Portland Community College for 16 years. From 2004 to 2009, Galizio was an Oregon state representative where he served as chairman of the Joint Ways and Means Education Subcommittee as well as other committee appointments.

? Richard MacLennan lives in Bremerton, Wash., and holds an Ed.D. in educational innovation and leadership from Wilmington University in Wilmington, Del. For the past 12 years, MacLennan has been the vice president of Student Services with Olympic College, in Bremerton. Previous positions held by MacLennan are the associate dean of Student Services and associate dean of Student Life, both at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md.

? Shirley Metcalf lives in Kirkland, Wash., and is the vice president of College Advancement and Extended Learning with Lake Washington Technical College, in Kirkland. Previously, Metcalf held the position of executive vice president of instruction at Lake Washington, and dean of outreach/director of Continuing Education and Training at Hawaii Community College, located in Hilo. Metcalf holds an Ed.D. in Management from Northern Illinois University.

? Joseph Olson lives in Palm Springs, Calif., and holds a Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from East Tennessee State University. Olson is the vice president for Military, Community and Economic Development with Copper Mountain Community College in Joshua Tree, Calif. He also held the position of vice president of Finance and Administration, at Copper Mountain. Olson also served as president of Jefferson Community College in Watertown, N.Y.

? James Sorensen lives in Bellingham, Wash., and holds an Ed.D. in Education/Community College Leadership from Oregon State University. He served for seven years as president of Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario. Other positions he has held include vice president of College Operations and chief instructional officer at Treasure Valley and vice president for students at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash.

Later in May, the successful finalists remaining after the first round will come back to the area to participate in a more comprehensive interview process, part of which will include opportunity for community involvement.

In other board business, the addition of a sustainable energy technician program was supported by the board.

Vice President of Instruction Stephen Schoonmaker said the program is needed in the area because of expected growth in the field. Graduates will be prepared to work as energy auditors, biomass energy technicians, ocean and river wave and wind technicians and other other energy management jobs, and could earn an entry level salary of $19 to 29 dollars per hour, he said.

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