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Communications & Community Relations

COM Names Five Finalists for Superintendent/President

Kentfield, CA-August 17, 2010—Five candidates have been named as finalists in the search for a new Superintendent/President at College of Marin to replace Dr. Frances L. White who retired in June of this year.

The national search drew 65 candidates from across the country. A search committee composed of college faculty, staff, students, community members, and administrative employees interviewed 11 semi-finalist candidates. The names of the final five candidates have been forwarded to the College of Marin Board of Trustees for consideration. The hiring process also includes opportunities for college and community members to meet the candidates. Campus and community forums for each candidate will be held on Monday, August 30, Tuesday, August 31, Wednesday, September 1, Thursday, September 2, and Friday, September 3, 2010; from noon to 1 p.m. at the Kentfield Campus in the Olney Hall Auditorium; from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Indian Valley Campus in Miwok 181; and a third public forum will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Kentfield Campus in the Olney Hall Auditorium.

The five finalists are:

William W. Cochran

William W. Cochran, Ed.D., is currently the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Shasta College in Redding, California.  Dr. Cochran has over 36 years of experience in education.  He has taught at the junior high school through university levels, including as an adjunct community college instructor. Dr. Cochran’s administrative career started in the K-12 system as a vice principal, and he eventually became a principal of a large comprehensive high school in the San Joaquin Valley.  His community college experience includes serving as Dean of Instruction for Vocational Education, Dean of Instruction for Liberal Arts, and twice as a Vice President of Academic Affairs.  Dr. Cochran’s academic preparation includes a Doctor of Education from Brigham Young University, a post-doctoral Master of Science from National University, a Master of Arts from California State University, Sacramento, and a teaching credential and Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Davis.

Dr. Cochran will be at College of Marin on Monday, August 30.

David Wain Coon

David Wain Coon, Ed.D., has been the President of Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, California since July 2005.  Prior to Evergreen Valley College, Dr. Coon held the positions of Vice President for Student Success at Cascadia Community College, Executive Dean of Student Services at Green River Community College, Vice President of Student Services at The Art Institute of Seattle, and Director of Student Development at Pierce College, all in Washington.  Dr. Coon served on the boards for the Asian Americans for Community Involvement and Somos Mayfair Community Initiative in San Jose.  In 2008, he was invited to represent the broader educational community in China through the U.S. Silicon Valley-China Sister Cities Association.  Dr. Coon has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations from Central Washington University, a Master of Education in Student Personnel Administration from Western Washington University and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Organizational Development from Seattle University.

Dr. Coon will be at College of Marin on Tuesday, August 31.

Kathryn G. (Kathy) Lehner

Kathryn G. (Kathy) Lehner has served as the Superintendent/President at Mendocino-Lake Community College District since 2005. She has worked in community college administration since 1994 and previously taught accounting and business statistics at both the university and community college level.  Her community college administrative experience includes serving as Assistant Dean of the Division of Business Education, Associate Vice President, and then Vice President of Academic Affairs. Over the past five years, she has provided leadership to the Mendocino-Lake Community College District in developing and implementing an integrated strategic planning process, campaigning successfully for a local bond measure, earning the distinction as Hewlett Leader in Student Success for the college's work in basic skills, negotiating budget solutions to maneuver through the current economic crisis, and maintaining a sanction-free accreditation status. Ms. Lehner is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Kansas, a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico, and completed educational theory and methods courses for teaching from St. Mary of the Plains College.

Ms. Lehner will be at College of Marin on Wednesday, September 1.

Lawrence M. Cox

Lawrence M. Cox, Ph.D., has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Compton Community College District since 2008. He has been a teacher, researcher, and administrator in technical and comprehensive community colleges and universities. Dr. Cox has experience in collective-bargaining, academic administration, institutional research, strategic planning, fundraising and resource development, state/federal relations, information/communication systems, budget planning and fiscal management, foundation management, auxiliary enterprise management, construction management, intercollegiate athletics, and human resources/affirmative action. He has experience in several academic environments in the following capacities: college president, vice president for academic affairs, vice president for administration, dean, and department chair. Dr. Cox earned degrees from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, including a Doctor of Philosophy, a Master of Science in Educational Psychology, and a Bachelor of Science in Education.

Dr. Cox will be at College of Marin on Thursday, September 2.

Jim Faye

Jim Fay, Ph.D., is currently the Academic Vice President at Cerro Coso Community College in Southern California.  He has been a professor, department chair, and dean at California State University, East Bay. He went on to become the founding dean at Harcourt Higher Education in Boston, the first online college in New England, and subsequently served as Academic Vice President at the wholly online Ellis College in Illinois. At Cerro Coso, Dr. Fay played a leadership role in developing California’s first state-approved degree and certificate program in wind and solar energy. He has also played a key part in bringing over $1 million in grants to his campus in the past five months. As dean at CSU East Bay, he developed the school’s first fund-raising program, community college outreach program, and online courses. Dr. Fay has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Georgetown University, a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctorate from University of California Hastings College of the Law.

Dr. Fay will be at College of Marin on Friday, September 3.

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