College of the Siskiyous hires one of its own as interim president

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Dr. Robert Frost

College of the Siskiyous trustees hired Dr. Robert Frost to serve as interim president starting July 1.

After a recent search for a permanent president failed, the board sought an interim solution for the year. Current president Randy Lawrence's last day is June 30.

"I am very proud to serve the board, the college, and our community this year," Frost offered in a brief statement included in a press release. "We have a great college with first-class teaching and learning resources. This will be a year for us to really pull together."

"We will conduct another full search after we complete a rebuilding year," said Bob Rice, president of the board of trustees. "The college was not able to attract the right caliber of skills and experience for a permanent president. We learned a lot from the process, and we have a lot of work ahead of us to be competitive in a search next year."

Frost currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Associate Superintendent for COS. He was hired in 2010 as Vice President of Student Learning.

He has served in numerous faculty and administrative positions over a 23 year career and is a frequent trainer, presenter and lecturer in California and nationally. He has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on higher education topics.

The college will pay Frost an annual salary of $170,936, which is near the lowest of comparable small California colleges, according to Rice. The college says Frost will take the same three percent pay cut all COS employees took for two years to help make up for loss of state funding.