Tuesday: Public invited to question Canada College presidential candidates


Officials from Canada College in Woodside and from the county's community college district invite the public to an afternoon forum on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the college to ask questions of the three candidates for president of the college. The forum begins at 1 p.m. in Building 6, Rooms 101 and 102, on the Canada campus at 4200 Farm Hill Blvd.

Jim Keller, the executive vice chancellor of the San Mateo County Community College District, has been serving as interim president at Canada since mid-2011. The candidates for president are listed below in order of their scheduled appearance at the forum. Canada College provided the biographical information.

■ At 1 p.m., Lisa Curtin, director of government and military education at the San Diego Community College District. Her career includes positions at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, where she was dean of students and student services; administrator at the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power School in Charleston, South Carolina; and an assistant professor at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Ms. Curtin has a bachelor's degree in special education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia; a master's degree in counseling from Troy University in Troy, Alabama; and a doctorate in educational administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.

■ At 2:15 p.m., Christopher Villa, vice president of student services at Fresno City College. His career includes positions as assistant vice president of student access and support services at California State University, Northridge; associate dean of student services at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California. Mr. Villa has a bachelor's degree in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine; a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California; and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

■ At 3:30 p.m., Lawrence Buckley, interim president of San Bernardino Valley College. His career includes positions as vice president of instruction for two years at San Bernardino Valley and at Fullerton College in Fullerton, California; dean of visual, performing and communication arts at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga; and dean of instruction at Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahos. Mr. Buckley has bachelor's and master's degrees and doctorate in history from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

While all three finalists are from California, the search was nationwide, Canada College spokesman Robert Hood told the Almanac. The forums are part of a selection process that included interviews by a 15-member selection committee, the five-member district board and the chancellor of the San Mateo County Community College District.

Asked why a forum in the afternoon on a workday instead of the evening, Mr. Hood replied that this is an opportunity to ask questions for the staff, faculty and students as well as the general public. "The afternoon time is the best fit for our academic schedule. Most classes are held in the morning and evening," he said. "This system is consistent with every past presidential search since I've been with the district the past eight years."

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