College hires new interim president
Thomas Henry, a representative from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office hired as a special monitor by the board last month, said Houston was one of three candidates considered for the interim position.
Despite the board’s action, negotiations with Houston continue. According to Henry, the salary range is expected to be between $145,000 and $155,000.
Dr. Larry Perryman, LCC’s acting president, told the board when the agenda was prepared the administration did not have a candidate to recommend.
Henry told the trustees between the time the agenda was prepared and the meeting “things really lined up for us.”
Henry said during the search for an interim president, the pool generated was “a short list” of three candidates who “could do the job well.”
He said after discussing the opportunity at LCC, two of those candidates decided to remain in their current positions, but Houston, the third candidate, was still very interested in the position at LCC.
“This job is very formidable,” Henry told the trustees. “Dr. Houston is very interested in being a college president.”
Houston is currently the vice president for human and information services at Butte-Glen Community College.
According a release from LCC, “Dr. Houston has served California community colleges in a number of administrative positions and has demonstrated strong leadership skills in those positions. He is a person of high integrity with exceptional communication skills. He is recognized statewide for his infrastructure technologies skills. He has served as the executive director for the California Community College Technology Center. He is well regarded at the California State Chancellor’s Office and has an excellent knowledge of the accreditation process.”
Henry plans to complete negotiations with Houston and bring a contract for approval at the board’s Aug. 14 meeting.
Several trustees expressed concern that Houston didn’t have any experience as a college president and apparently was working as a human resources director.
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