WEST WINDSOR – The Mercer County Community College Board of Trustees has announced three finalists in its presidential search, selected from dozens of highly-qualified college administrators from across the nation.
Board of Trustees member Dr. Gwendolyn Harris, chair of the MCCC Presidential Search Committee, said she was pleased with the quality of the candidates who applied, and that narrowing the list down to three was no easy task.
“We received a tremendous amount of interest for this position, and the quality of these applicants certainly speaks volumes about Mercer’s reputation for excellence,” Harris said. “We are very fortunate to have three outstanding candidates who are eager to build on that reputation and lead MCCC in its mission of providing a quality, affordable college education.”
The finalists are Dr. Louis T. Manzione, Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn.; Dr. Matthew Reed, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Mass.; and Dr. Jianping Wang, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Ocean County Community College in Toms River, N.J.
The Presidential Search Committee began its work in December, following the announcement by MCCC President Dr. Patricia C. Donohue that she would retire on June 30. More than 50 applications were received, with eight being called in for interviews prior to the selection of the three finalists. Members of the committee included college staff, faculty, students, community members, and representatives of employee unions. The committee worked with national executive search firm the Pauly Group.
“I want to commend the members of the search committee for the difficult task of narrowing down the list to these three candidates, and taking on a responsibility that is so critical to the future of Mercer County Community College,” said Mark Matzen, chair of the MCCC Board of Trustees. “We look forward to working with Mercer faculty, staff, and members of the community as we move forward in this process.”
The three finalists will be on campus in late April and early May for interviews and forums with college students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. Input from the forums will be compiled and provided to the Board of Trustees as they choose the college’s next president.
Dates and times for the public forums will be posted as they are finalized, along with complete profiles of each of the finalists, on the college’s website at www.mccc.edu.
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