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January 10, 2014

Public forums slated for three finalists for Crowder top job

NEOSHO, Mo. — Three public forums have been scheduled for the three finalists for the new president at Crowder College.

At each forum, the candidate will make a statement about his or her experience, qualifications and ideas. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of candidates and make comments to the Board of Trustees.

The forums will be held in Wright Conference Center at Crowder.

The forum for Jim Cummins will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. Cummins, of Neosho, is vice president of finance at Crowder. Before arriving at Crowder in January 2012, he served in area school districts as superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal and teacher.

The forum for Brent Bates will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10. Bates is vice president of education and student support at State Fair Community College, Sedalia. He has 26 years of experience at Missouri and Kansas community colleges, the past 14 years in senior administrative positions.

The forum for Jennifer Methvin, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12. Methvin is vice chancellor for academics at University of Arkansas Community College at Hope. She also was a division chairwoman at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and has taught English at various universities.

Their time on campus also will include interviews, tours and meetings.

The board plans to offer the position to the winning candidate by March, with the start date no later than July 1.

President Emeritus Kent Farnsworth is serving as interim president until the new president is in place.

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