After a national search, the Interviewing Committee for the Butte College Superintendent/President search met on March 7 and 8, 2016 to interview semi-finalist candidates. From a strong pool of highly qualified candidates, the Interviewing Committee recommended three individuals to the Board of Trustees as finalists. At the March 15, 2016 special meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Board reviewed candidate materials and discussed the recommendations of the Interviewing Committee. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously in closed session to accept the recommendations of the Interviewing Committee.
"The three finalists will visit Butte College on March 29 and 30 to participate in open public forums as well as interviews with the Board of Trustees. We strongly encourage all members of the campus community and the public at-large to attend the public forums and meet the candidates. All attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback about each of the candidates which will be shared with the Board of Trustees as part of their deliberation process. Candidate Feedback Forms will be provided at each forum," said William McGinnis, Butte College Trustee, and Chairman of the Butte College Superintendent/President Search Committee. "The Board of Trustees would also like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Screening and Interviewing Committees for their commitment of time, energy and thoughtfulness to the Superintendent/President search process."
The final candidates, in alphabetical order, are:
Barbara Kavalier, PhD. has been in the community college system for more than 30 years, serving as college president at two distinguished institutions, including Navarro College, where she is currently employed, and San Jose City College in San Jose, California. Dr. Kavalier has distinguished herself as a researcher and writer on critical issues in higher education, including two books, The Entrepreneurial Community College and The Hiring Game, Reshaping Community College Practices. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas, where she was also recognized as a Distinguished Graduate, an M.A. in Business, B.S. in Education/English and an Associated Degree in Arts and Sciences.
Omid Pourzanjani, Ed.D. (pronounced O'mead Pour-zan-johnny) is the Chief Instructional Officer and Chief Student Service Officer at Golden West College. He has served higher education institutions in various staff, faculty, and management positions since 1984. He has also worked concurrently in private industry for 20 of those 32 years in various management and executive leadership positions. He is a graduate of a California community college, holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science and Engineering, and has earned a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from UCLA. Omid is married to his high school sweetheart and is a proud parent of a 19-year old daughter who is a sophomore at UC, Davis and a 13-year old son in middle school.
Samia Yaqub, Ph.D. (pronounced Ya-koob) was appointed Interim Superintendent/President of Butte-Glenn Community College District effective July 1, 2015. She has worked at Butte College for over thirty years, including fifteen years teaching ESL and developmental reading and writing. For the last four years, she has served as Vice President of Student Learning and Economic Development. Dr. Yaqub received her doctorate in education with an emphasis on Community College Leadership from Oregon State University. She also holds a master's degree in English from CSU, Chico and a bachelor's degree in English from UC Davis. Dr. Yaqub currently serves on the board of directors for the Inspire School of Arts and Sciences and serves as an advisory board member of the California Writing Project, and is a member of the Association for California Community College Administrators Mentor Program Team.
The open public forum schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Dr. Barbara Kavalier 2 p.m. -- 3 p.m. Butte College Main Campus, ARTS Building, Black Box Theater
Dr. Samia Yaqub 3:30 p.m. -- 4:30 p.m. Butte College Main Campus, ARTS Building, Black Box Theater
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Dr. Omid Pourzanjani 1 p.m. -- 2 p.m. Butte College Main Campus, ARTS Building, Black Box Theater