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March 21, 2013

College could choose president Friday

Lone finalist selection expected by trustees

Corsicana — The Navarro College presidential search could be coming to a close.

College trustees are expected to name Dr. Barbara Kavalier of San Jose, Calif., as the lone finalist for the post during their meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the college’s Cook Center.

Dr. Richard Sanchez, college district president, announced last fall he’s retiring at the end of August.

A nation-wide search for candidates for the post resulted in a list of nine finalists interviewed by a search committee, narrowing their picks down to three finalists that were interviewed by the full board of trustees in February. Kavalier was one of the three interviewed, her interview being delayed a day because of a bomb threat at the college.

At the board’s regular February meeting, trustees voted to send a contingent of three board members to visit San Jose, Calif., where Kavalier serves as president of San Jose City College. Board Chairman Lloyd Huffman was accompanied by trustees Dr. James Price and Phil Judson for the visit.

The board has a closed session to discuss personnel on its Friday agenda. The committee’s desire has been to have a person chosen “by April,” and having that person on-board to work side-by-side with Sanchez during the upcoming budget preparation.

Prior to her presidency in San Jose, Kavalier held the positions of Interim President and Vice-president of Student Services at San Diego Mesa College in San Diego, Calif. She received an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree from Mountain View College in Texas; a Bachelor of Science in Education and English from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth; a Master of Arts in Business and Human Relations from Amberton University in Texas; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Among her accomplishments, Kavalier pointed to the recent success of San Jose in coming off state sanctions, which it had been on since 2004; programs she initiated at Mesa and San Jose in working with veterans, and first-time college students, and improving morale for faculty and staff.

Also on Friday’s college board agenda:

• Order canceling the May 11 trustee election.

• Review of financial and quarterly investment reports.

• Approve tuition and fee increase effective Fall 2013.

• Approve in-district dual credit fee reduction.

• Hear a presentation on the CISD’s bond election.

• President’s Report from Dr. Richard Sanchez.

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