PCC Board of Trustees, Now Without Candidates for College’s Top Spot, Asks Current Superintendent-President to Continue on an Additional Year

Published : Friday, May 4, 2018 | 11:54 AM

PCC Superintendent-President Dr. Rajen Vurdien

At a special meeting of Pasadena City College’s Board of Trustees Friday morning called after the two finalists in the recruitment process for a new Superintendent-President both withdrew, the Board elected to negotiate a contract with current Superintendent-President Dr. Rajen Vurdien under which he would stay on through the search for his successor, but no later than June 30, 2019.

The special meeting was called to reconsider the vetting process and the timeline for the ongoing search after finalists Dr. Cliff Davis and Dr. Byron Breland pulled out of the race within a few days of each other.

Vurdien had earlier notified the Board he planned to retiring effective June 30, 2018. It is unknown if Vurdien has yet responded to the new offer from the Board.

The Board also approved the creation of a  Presidential Search Process Committee consisting of three members each of the Board of Trustees, tenured faculty, managers, and classified staff will review, suggest changes to, or update its bylaws governing the executive search process. The committee’s work is expected to be completed before the June 6 business meeting.

“The Pasadena City College Board of Trustees regularly reviews its policy statements,” said Board Chair Anthony Fellows. ” It is time the Board reviews its search policies for superintendent-president.”

The Board also announced key dates to the new search timeline:

June 13 — Board approves the selection of executive search firm and job announcement
September 7 — Application packages due to the college
October 17 — Board of Trustees select candidates to interview
November 10 — Candidates interviewed and top two or three selected
December 10-11 — Finalists come to campus
December 19 — Selection of superintendent/president

The Board’s next meeting will be Wednesday, May 23, at 6 p.m., in PCC’s Creveling Lounge.




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