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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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Announces Open Application Period; Candidates Must Have Proven Experience In California, With Accreditation

CHULA VISTA, CA - Southwestern College today announced an open application period for an interim Superintendent/President ending Wednesday, January 5, 2011. The successful candidate must have proven accreditation experience and service in the California Community College system.

"Southwestern College is one of the most important institutions in the South Bay and we need the right leadership to move it forward," Tim Nader, President of the College's Governing Board, said. "We are making progress on accreditation but must begin preparing for the next follow-up report. We are also in one of the toughest budget environments in California history. These are challenges the interim Superintendent/President must help us successfully confront."

At a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 14, the College settled on a process to select an Interim Superintendent/President. The Board's goal is to appoint a candidate at its next regular meeting set for January 19. A complete position description is provided below.

Currently, Vice Presidents Michael Kerns and Angelica Suarez are serving as acting Superintendent/President. Kerns, Vice President for Human Resources, is serving from Dec. 9 until Dec. 31; Suarez, Vice President for Student Affairs, will serve from Jan. 1 - 19, the date of the Board’s January meeting.

About Southwestern College

Fully accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County and the primary source of higher education for approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College serves approximately 20,000 students each semester and offers more than 312 associate degree and certificate options.

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Interim Superintendent/President

Southwestern Community College District, located in southern San Diego County, California invites applications for the position of interim Superintendent/President. It is expected that the interim will serve until the search for a permanent hire has been completed, not to exceed one year.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a letter of interest and current curriculum vitae (via mail, email, or fax) to:

Southwestern Community College District
Attn: Human Resources Department
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Fax: (619) 482-6418
Email: employment@swccd.edu

The selection committee will commence review of submitted materials on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.


  • Experience in California Community Colleges at the CEO level
  • Proven successful experience with WASC Accreditation
  • Proven experience as a collegial and collaborative leader
  • Known reputation for being a consensus builder
  • In-depth knowledge of AB1725
  • Proven experience in higher education collective bargaining using interest-based bargaining
Southwestern Community College District is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities to all persons regardless of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Visit www.swccd.edu.

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