Political hacks need not apply
Cape Cod Community College today released a list of seven finalists to succeed retiring President Kathleen Schatzberg. According to a memo from Board of Trustees Vice Chair Ralph F. Cahoon, III, the finalists are:
The seven finalists emerged from a pool of seventy-four applicants. We note that each of the finalists holds an academic doctorate and holds a high-level administrative position at a public college. Dr. Heather Smith of Bridgewater State University is the only finalist not currently employed by a community college and is also the only finalist from Massachusetts.
The group includes two women and five men. Two vice presidents from LaGuardia Community College are among the seven finalists.
We note with pleasure that there is not a single Massachusetts politician among the finalists. Rumors were afoot that one or another retired political hack was coveting the corner office at 4Cs. The Board of Trustees clearly decided to limit their finalists to academic leaders in public higher education.
The next step in the selection process is to interview the finalists. These interviews will be held on November 3rd and 4th.