AC board of regents casts wide net for next president

Staff Reporter

Amarillo College’s board of regents has partnered with Gold Hill Associates to find a replacement for the school’s president and CEO. 

Gold Hill Associates, an executive search firm for community colleges, will help the board choose qualified applicants for the position. 

Interim president, Denese Skinner, said the nationwide search will take place in several stages. “The board has an ambitious timeline with the decision on who the next president will be,” Skinner said. She said the board hopes to have a new president selected by the end of April 2024.

Once Gold Hill selects a set of top applicants, the board of regents and other campus leaders will conduct a day-long interview. Following the interview, applicants will give a public presentation followed by a Q&A session. The board will then select a sole candidate and extend an offer. 

“I think a president who is culturally aligned with our values is what we’re all looking for.” Dr. Frank Sobey, vice president of strategic initiatives, said. “My hope is that our next president will recognize and understand the value of what we’re already doing as an institution for our students and fully buy into our culture of caring.”

According to the job description posted on Gold Hill Associate’s website, the board is searching for a president who is passionate about student success, a visionary risk-taker and committed to AC’s culture of care. 

The board has identified eight qualities the future president should have and have listed those qualities on the Gold Hill Associates’ website. 

The deadline for applications is March 8. The board of regents will meet between April 22 and 26 to make their final selection. 

Until then, Sobey said students can have full confidence in the college’s current leadership. “We are currently served by a wonderful advocate for students, our interim president Denese Skinner,” he said. “Until we have a new president, I certainly don’t anticipate there being any noticeable difference in how students have experienced life at the college up to this point. I have faith that our board of regents and the college leaders who are involved will make a concerted effort to select the best candidate.”

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