Selection of a College President

BP 3-14
APPROVED: February 8, 1990
EFFECTIVE: February 8, 1990
REVISED: November 12, 1998
REVISED: June 8, 2000
REPEALED: September 14, 2000
READOPTED: August 25, 2001
REVISED: December 12, 2001
REVISED: September 14, 2005
REFERENCES: C.R.S. 23-60-202 (d)
/ Nancy J. McCallin /
Nancy J. McCallin, Ph.D.
System President

Policy Statement

Unless otherwise directed by the Board, a vacancy in the presidency of a state system
community college shall be filled by the reassignment of a current Board employee, a
direct appointment, or a search. The System President, after consultation with the
Board, shall determine which option to use for filling each vacancy.

Position Announcement

If the System President chooses to conduct a search to fill a presidential vacancy, the
System President will develop a position announcement including qualifications for the
position. The System President will release the position announcement and receive

Search Process

The System President will select individuals to serve on the search committee. In
selecting the committee members, the System President will consider a variety of
factors, including but not limited to the individual’s knowledge of the college and its
operations, knowledge of educational issues, business acumen, and community
The System President will name the chair of the committee. The committee will receive
staff direction from the Human Resources Office for the System. The Human Resources
staff member will act in a nonvoting ex officio capacity. The
Committee will review applications consistent with college/system procedures and
return to the System President the names of applicants whom the committee
recommends for initial interviews. After the initial interviews, and after thorough
reference checks, the System President, in consultation with the search committee, will
identify a pool of applicants who should be named as semi-finalists and be invited to
participate in a second round of interviews with the committee, as well as open forums
with campus constituents.

Interview of Semi-Finalists

The search committee will arrange for the semi finalists to participate in on-campus
forums involving all college constituencies, including interviews by the search
committee. Following the second round of committee interviews and the campus
forums, the committee will submit to the System President a full report of its activities
along with a recommendation of the names of not less than three candidates to be
considered as potential finalists. Such submission shall include a thorough rationale,
including the strengths and weaknesses of each recommended finalist in relation to the
criteria specified in the job description. If the committee is unable to recommend at least
three qualified candidates as finalists, the chair shall notify the System President who
will provide direction to the committee on how to proceed.

Interview of Finalists

The System President will conduct interviews of the candidates he/she selects from the
committee recommendation as official finalists. The System President, after consultation
with the Board, will appoint a candidate to the vacancy. If the System President is
unable to identify a candidate qualified to be appointed to the position, he/she, in
consultation with the Board, will reconsider how to fill the vacancy and proceed


The System President shall promulgate such procedures as may be needed to
implement this policy.