More interviews ahead for Luna presidential vacancy
By Dave Kavanaugh and Jesse Gallegos
Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees on Monday night took a major step toward filling its presidential vacancy.
In order to fulfill its statutory requirement to publish the names of five finalists before naming a president, the board has chosen to conduct interviews with semifinalists – those already interviewed by a screening committee that included representation from various campus and community constituencies. The board will conduct interviews in January, with the list of five finalists to be published for a minimum of 21 days as required by law before final action is taken.
At Monday’s meeting, faculty and staff senate leadership provided the board with a recommendation that they focus on the remaining four finalists which were identified by the screening committee this past summer. The Board of Trustees agreed with the recommendation; however, Luna’s legal counsel reminded trustees the statutory requirement that five finalists be considered in the final selection process. The original five finalists selected dropped to four when the board’s original pick withdrew his name from consideration in November. The four candidates who were originally named as finalists will continue to be considered throughout this process.
Ricky Serna continues to serve Luna as its interim president.