COS to hold public forum with finalist for president

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Scotty Thomason

Community members are invited to attend a public forum July 14 with College of the Siskiyous’ most recent finalist for superintendent-president, Scotty Thomason.

The forum is scheduled to be held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., prior to an adjourned board of trustees meeting that will follow at 5:15.

Thomason, the interim Vice President of Administrative Services at COS since June 2012, will have the opportunity to share his vision for the college and answer questions from audience members during the forum in the Distance Learning Center, room 3 on the Weed campus.

The forum will be simultaneously video-conferenced to the Yreka campus Rural Health Sciences Institute, room 119.

Following the forum, trustees are scheduled to interview Thomason during a regular meeting that was adjourned from July 1.

A COS presidential search committee identified Thomason as the only finalist following an extended search period that was approved by trustees during their May meeting, according to a press release from the college. The search committee was reconstituted during that May meeting, and the application period was extended.

Prior to adjourning their July 1 meeting, trustees appointed Dr. Greg South to serve as acting president until a permanent superintendent/president is named. (See story on B5).

The last attempt to hire a permanent superintendent-president ended about three months ago when negotiations failed with the lead candidate chosen from a group of four finalists.

One of those finalists was Dr. Rob Frost, who was serving as interim president at the time.

Frost has since accepted a position as president at Centralia College, a community college in Centralia, Wa.

Thomason has over 34 years of experience in higher education within the state of California in the areas of business, instruction and student services.

He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno; and Lifetime Community College Supervisory and Student Worker Personnel credentials.

Prior to coming to COS, Thomason worked as the Chief Business Officer at Ohlone College in Fremont, and as vice president of Administrative Services at Reedley College and College of the Redwoods.

He has developed and implemented budgets up to $40 million and has been involved with General Obligation Bond campaigns resulting in $19 million for West Hills Community College District and $40 million for Redwoods Community College District, according to the press release.

Thomason has been an active and visible member in the communities he has resided in by his participation in Rotary, Domestic Support Organizations, Youth Sports, and local Chambers of Commerce, according to the release.

“Thomason has a strong belief and commitment to student success and is committed to creating strong connections and partnerships within the community he is serving,” the release states.

For more information about the upcoming public forum, contact the COS Human Resources Department by calling 530-938-5317.