Search is underway for new COS president

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

College of the Siskiyous is searching for a new president to replace Randy Lawrence, who submitted his resignation effective June 30.

To assist in the search, the COS board of trustees hired Community College Search Services to handle advertising and promotion of the position.

Trustee Carol Cupp will serve as the chair of a search committee, which will include members of the community, and COS staff, faculty, administrators, students and members of the COS Foundation.

Next month, the search committee will select and interview candidates. Three to five unranked candidate names will then be forwarded to the board of trustees for their consideration, said Dawnie Slabaugh of the COS Institutional Advancement office.

In May, the candidates will participate in an open forum and be interviewed by the trustees, who will make the final hiring decision.

Slabaugh said the college hopes to have the new president begin their duties on July 1.

According to a press release from the college, COS is searching for “a visionary leader with an understanding of and demonstrated commitment to community college philosophy, and who showcases an inclusive and open leadership style that will continue the tradition of outstanding service to the residents of Siskiyou County and beyond.

“The Superintendent/President is responsible for ensuring the college meets the educational needs of its students and the community. This leader also represents the college to local business and industry, other educational institutions, federal, state, and local agencies, and potential donors to the COS Foundation. A strong belief in the value of diversity and inclusivity; commitment to student success; a respect for the value of every member of the college community; and the recognition of the college’s role in being an innovator in the community are key characteristics of the next Superintendent/President of College of the Siskiyous.”