Search Begins for Dr. McSpadden's Replacement

The Gulf Coast Community College board is on the lookout for a new president.

Current college president, Dr. Robert McSpadden is retiring soon, and so board members held a meeting to hear tips from a presidential search consultant. The trustees ended up hiring the consultant.

Jeff Hock day will now be in charge of guiding the presidential search process. He has helped many community colleges in the past find successful presidents, and the board thought his advice was crucial in the search.

The process is likely to begin in September, and the earliest a new president is expected to take office is in March.

Hock day says this process is the most important decision the board will make, and he wants to make sure he helps the process go smoothly. “To guide this process through the screening committee and the board to make sure state policies are followed, local polices are followed."

Hock day says he expects a pool of about 60 applications, and through extensive advertising, interviewing, and background checks, he believes Gulf Coast will find the best presidential replacement.