Search for Cape Cod Community College president narrowed to three

Schatzberg's successor will be one of three chosen by presidential search committee

Cape Cod Community College announced today that the school's presidential search committee has narrowed the list of possible candidates to replace retiring President Kathleen Schatzberg to three.

On October 28, the school released a list of seven names, which has since been whittled down to three.  The three candidates chosen by the search committee have been recommended to the college's Board of Trustees. One of the three will be chosen by the trustees as the new president.

The remaining three candidates are:

  • Dr. John Cox serves as Vice President, Finance, Operations and Government Relations at Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD; Dr. Cox previously served as Budget Director for Harford County Public Schools, Bel Air, MD.  Dr. Cox  holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Columbian College of Arts and Science, George Washington University, Washington, DC; an M.P.A. Public Administration from the School of Government and Business Administration,  George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Peter Grant Jordan serves as Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at La Guardia Community College of the City University of New York.  Dr. Jordan previously served as Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the City University of New York. Dr. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Colby College, ME; a Master of Science in Operations Management from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, NY and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania, PA.
  • Dr. Peter Katopes currently serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs at La Guardia Community College of the City University of New York. Dr. Katopes previously served as Campus Dean and Dean of Faculty at Ammerman Campus of Suffolk County Community College, NY. Dr. Katopes holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. John’s University, NY,  and both a  Master of Arts and Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York – Stony Brook.

According to Michael Gross, Director of College Communications, each of the candidates will travel to the West Barnstable campus to meet with trustees, students and staff. A delegation from the board will then visit each of the candidate's current campuses. The trustees will then choose a candidate and recommend that person to Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland.  Freeland's decision is the final step in the hiring process.

Current president Kathleen Schatzberg is set to retire in June 2012, marking her fourteenth year as the head of the college. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on