KCKCC trustees report 67 applicants for presidency
Applicants lined up in record numbers for the position of president of Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Ray Daniels, chairman of KCKCC’s Board of Trustees, said the college received 67 applications for the position.
“According to our consultants, that many applicants is unprecedented in their years of searching for new college presidents,” Daniels said. ”More important, the board is extremely pleased with the quality of the candidates and the process that has produced such an outstanding group of applicants.”
When the search was initiated to fill the vacancy that will be created July 1 by the retirement of Thomas Burke, consultants said the college could expect approximately 45 applicants.
The original list of 67 applicants has since been reduced to 22 candidates by the consultants, Jeff Hockaday and Jay Hartford. Hockaday has assisted in searches for more than 70 community college presidents while Hartford has an extensive background in higher education at both the community college and four-year college and university level.
The 22 remaining applicants are from 11 states. That list of 22 will be further reduced to 10-12 next Monday when the board will meet in a closed session. Each of the remaining candidates will then be asked to submit video recordings of them responding to a set of questions posed by the consultants.
After reviewing the videos, the board will narrow the list to three to five candidates who will be brought on campus for a series of interviews in June. Daniels said the names of all candidates would remain confidential until the three to five finalists are announced.
Burke’s retirement will end a 19-year career as KCKCC president, the longest in college history. Burke also served four years as KCKCC’s executive vice president.