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Midland College announces three finalists for College President position

The three finalists are Dr. Thad Anglin, Dr. Ian Roark and Dr. Damon Kennedy. There will be public forums through the first week of May for each candidate.

MIDLAND, Texas — The Midland College Board of Trustees have announced their three finalists for the college president position. 

The Board of Trustees was assisted by the Association of Community College Trustees in their search for finalists. The three finalists include Dr. Thad Anglin, Dr. Damon Kennedy and Dr. Ian Roark.

"It's a very competitive position, we had over 50 hard-copy applicants for the job," said Billy Holda, an executive search consultant who has helped the board in their search. "The board narrowed those to 11 semi-finalists, all of whom have been vetted in 50 minute interviews with the same questions. The three finalists that you will see Monday through Wednesday of this week are the three individuals who emerged from that original pool of 50."

Thad Anglin Ed.D. is currently the President and CEO at Cisco College in Cisco, Texas. Damon Kennedy Ph.D. is currently the Vice President of Instructional Services at Midland College. Ian Roark Ed.D. is currently the Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development and Innovation at Prima Community College in Tuscon, Arizona. 

Public forums for each candidate will be held during the week of May 1. Each candidate will participate in two 1-hour forums and everyone in the community is invited to attend according to MC. These forums will be conducted in the Wagner and Brown Auditorium. 

During the forums, there will be questionnaires both on paper and online that the public can fill out. The forms will then be given to the board to take into consideration. 

"Every single feedback form will go to the board for their evaluation, so it's a great, open and transparent process, and I applaud the college and the board for it," said Holda.

Each forum will begin at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on each day for the candidates. Dr. Kennedy will have his forum on May 1, Dr. Roark will have his forum on May 2, and Dr. Anglin will have his forum on May 3. There will also be a zoom link available for those who cannot attend. 

For more information about the candidates and the public forums, people can visit the Midland College Facebook page. 

The announcement of the next Midland College President will be made around June 1.

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