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August 19, 2013

Five finalists vying to lead NSCC

DANVERS — Five finalists have been named for the position of president of North Shore Community College, following a nationwide search for a successor to retired President Wayne Burton.

The five finalists include two current community college presidents working in New England, and one candidate from as far away as Texas.

The finalists are:

Wildolfo Arvelo, president of Great Bay Community College in New Hampshire;

L. Joy Gates Black, vice chancellor for student success at Tarrant County College in Texas;

Patricia Gentile, dean of advancement, enrollment management and Cape May County Campus at Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey;

Gena Glickman, president of Manchester Community College in Connecticut;

Janet Sortor, vice president and dean of academic affairs at Southern Maine Community College.

A first round of interviews took place in July. Janice Forsstrom, North Shore Community College’s vice president of administration and finance, is serving as interim president until a new president is hired.

Only two of the candidates have any ties to the Greater Boston area. Arvelo, a native of Puerto Rico, went to high school in Andover, earned three degrees from University of Massachusetts Boston and began his higher education career at Bunker Hill Community College. Sortor is a former dean of academic affairs at Bunker Hill Community College and got her master’s degree at Boston University and doctorate from UMass Boston.

A 16-member presidential search committee selected the finalists, with help from the college, the community and the state Department of Higher Education. A consultant facilitated the search, making sure applicants met the minimum qualifications. A group of 72 applicants was sent to the committee, which then chose 13 to interview.

“We are pleased with the finalists’ depth and diversity of professional experience, their passion for the community-college mission, and their awareness of the role NSCC plays in providing opportunities for economic and social advancement within the region,” said Richard Yagjian, chairman of the college’s board of trustees.

Two-day candidate interviews, in which each finalist will visit the Danvers and Lynn campuses, will be held from Sept. 9 to Sept. 24.

More information about the search schedule and the candidates is available at www.northshore.edu/presidential-search/.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@gloucestertimes.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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