NSCC Trustees Launch Search for College’s Next President
Community Member Needed to Serve on Search Committee

The North Shore Community College Board of Trustees is beginning the search for the college’s fifth permanent president. The Trustees have secured the services of presidential search firm R.H. Perry and are accepting expressions of interest for search committee members, one of which will be a community member from the college’s service area on the North Shore.

“As we launch our presidential search, we’re looking forward to incorporating voices from our community,” said Dr. J.D. LaRock, Chair of the NSCC Board of Trustees.  “North Shore has always been deeply in touch with the priorities of our region’s employers, residents, and taxpayers.  Including a community representative on the presidential search committee will help ensure that these priorities will be reflected in the choice of our next leader.”

The next president will follow Interim President Dr. Nate Bryant, who was selected to serve a one-year term upon the retirement of Dr. Patricia A. Gentile, the college’s fourth president.   

The search is expected to identify a final candidate by the late spring of 2021. The search committee will review and evaluate all qualified applications, select candidates for interview, conduct candidate interviews, and recommend to the Board of Trustees between 3 and 5 finalists, from which the next president will be chosen, subject to Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approval.

It is expected that the bulk of the search committee’s work will take place in early 2021, between January and the first week of March.  At a minimum, search committee members will be required to attend two meetings lasting about three hours each, spend several days reviewing and evaluating candidate materials, and devote approximately 8-12 hours to interviewing candidates.

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education has guidelines that govern presidential search processes, including rules regarding the size and composition of presidential search committees.  NSCC’s search committee will be comprised of 13 people, including 3 faculty members, 2 professional staff members, 1 support staff member, a student, an administrator, one community member, one representative of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, and three NSCC Trustees.

Community members interested in being selected to serve should email Dr. LaRock jlarock@northshore.edu, cc’ing mwallis@northshore.edu by Friday, September 18th. The Board hopes to approve the search committee at its Tuesday, September 22 meeting.

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