In search of a new president
On Jan. 1 Thomas J. Donner was
sworn in as the interim president
of SMC Dr. Piedad F. Robertson
announced her retirement.
As the search continues for a
permanent president, you have to
wonder-what does it takes to become
the president of SMC?
On March 21, the eight members
of the SMC Board of Trustees,
including the student trustee, Dina
Cervantes, met for a workshop on what
the ideal candidate's qualifications,
characteristics, and expectations
According to the Ideal Candidate
and Expectations Worksheet, the
candidate must have a minimum
of five years of documented
success in higher education, a
strong record of achievement that
includes administrative experience in
a community college and/or business,
industry, and government.
They must commit to the
Of a New
community college philosophy and
role within the educational system
and in the community.
That person should be an individual
who supports the comprehensive
community college and the competing
priorities of transfer, vocational/
technical, and non-credit adult and
Their history must show a grasp of
the principles of financial management
and planning, the understanding
and ability to facilitate the uses of
technology in the instruction, distance
learning, online degree programs, and
other instructional innovations that
support teaching and learning.
They should provide the knowledge
of California and federal laws and
regulations for community college
and be responsive to economic, social,
demographic, and technological
Above all, the most essential trait
the candidate must hold is accessibility
to the students. Can you talk to
them? Do you know who they are?
Students don't even know who their
"I don't know who the presidents
are, but I do believe it is important
to know your president. You need to
know who to turn to in any situations
you may come across," said SMC
student Danielle Tate.
Although the Board of Trustees
is unsure of when they will fill the
position of presidency, they are
actively looking for the best candidate
to ensure the productivity of SMC.