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CWC announces three candidates for the vice president for academic affairs

CWC announces three candidates for the vice president for academic affairs

Three finalists for the vice president for academic affairs will come to campus for interviews and public presentations the last week of April.

The position opened after Jason Wood, former vice president for student and academic services announced his resignation in January.

Wood recently accepted a position as president of Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore, Wis., and will start his position July 1.

CWC received about 20 applicants and the search committee, who are faculty, administration and staff members, narrowed the applicants to three.

Susan Thompson a member of the search committee and executive assistant to the VP for academic services has been through this process before. Thompson has been in her current position for more than 30 years and has had eight supervisors, all with different titles but maintaining the same duties and responsibilities.

“They have been titled deans or vice presidents in the past but all have served the same purpose,” Thompson said. “I’m excited for a new beginning; it’s always fun to bring someone new in with their new ideas and fresh thinking.”

The three candidates are Dale van Dam, Dr. Barbara Buchanan and Dr. Brad Tyndall.

Van Dam is currently the dean of instruction and site dean at two outreach centers of Folsom Lake College in California. He has earned his master’s degree and has past experiences at the Wyoming State Engineer’s office in Cheyenne as a hydro-geologist and as a professor of earth science at American River College in Sacramento.

Dr. Buchanan has more than 18 years of leadership experience throughout her careers in Texas. She led continuing education, workforce development, adult basic education, corporate training and grant development at Panola College in Carthage. Buchanan was associate dean before she became the academic dean at Lone Star College. She led the largest academic division with the Lone Star College System, and later accepted a position as vice president of instruction for Paris Junior College. Buchanan earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English and earned a Ph.D. from the College of Education in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M.

Dr. Tyndall has worked for community colleges for more than 18 years, serving as adjunct faculty, full-time faculty, department chair, campus academic dean and vice president. Tyndall is currently the vice president of academic affairs at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs. Tyndall has a Ph.D. in economics with specializations in environmental economics and international finance. He earned his master’s and doctorate at Colorado State University.

The campus community and the public are encouraged to attend the public presentations which will be in the health and science building room 100 from 11:15 to 11:45 am. The candidate’s presentation schedule is as follows:

April 27: Dale van Dam

April 29: Brad Tyndall

April 30: Barbara Buchanan

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