Sun, Dec. 15

College announces finalists for president's position

The Yavapai College District Governing Board announces four finalists for the position as President for the College and open forums for the public July 5-8.

The finalists represent college leadership from the states of Kentucky, Texas, Colorado and Maryland. The candidates will be interviewed by members of the District Governing Board on July 5, 6, 7, and 8, 2005. Faculty, staff, students, and the community will have an opportunity to meet each candidate during open forums to be held on each of those days at both the Prescott and Verde Valley campuses.

The public is invited to attend the Presidential Search Finalists Open Forums that are scheduled for July 5; July 6; July 7; and July 8. A different candidate will be on campus each day. These open forums are available to college employees and the community to meet the prospective presidential candidates. There will be a brief introduction of each candidate followed by a question/answer session.

10:15­11:15 a.m.: Open Forum - The candidate will be present on the Prescott Campus in Building 19, Room 215 and televised through Interactive Television on the Verde Valley Campus, Building D, Room 110.

1:45­2:45 p.m.: Open Forum - The candidate will be present on the Verde Valley Campus in Building D, Room 111 and televised through Interactive Television on the Prescott Campus, Building 4, Room 102.

Comment forms will be available to all who attend. All comments will be compiled and given to the Governing Board to assist them in their decision.

The following four finalists (listed in alphabetical order) were recommended to the District Governing Board.


Dr. James F. Horton Jr.

Horton recently returned to the United States, currently residing in Colorado, after serving as vice chancellor of The Higher Colleges of Technology, a 12-college system located in the United Arab Emirates. In this position for the last 2.5 years, he functioned as the CEO reporting to His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, chancellor of all federal institutions and Minister of Education. Prior to this appointment, he served as chancellor of the San Jacinto College District, a multi-college system located in the greater Houston metropolitan area.

Dr. Augusta Julian

Since August 2001, Julian has been president/CEO at Maysville Community and Technical College in Kentucky. From 1991 to 2001, she served as vice president, Institutional Advancement, at Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin. Her accomplishments include consolidation of a community college and technical college creating a new structure and processes and bringing together four instructional campuses/centers, completing a building project, and major renovations due to mold abatement.

Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail

For the past 7.5 years, McPhail has served as chancellor of The Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland. Whether serving as a chancellor of a multi-campus, metropolitan community college or president of a small, private, four-year liberal arts college, he has focused his career on an unwavering commitment to enhance student learning. Along with these senior leadership positions, he has also served as campus president in a large, metropolitan, multi-campus community college district, chief operating officer of a large, urban, 12-school district; and chief academic officer for several private and public universities.

Dr. Marc Nigliazzo

Since 1995, Dr. Nigliazzo has served as president of Temple College in Texas. Some of his top accomplishments during these past 11 years have been an increase of enrollment; successful expansion to three off-site centers; numerous partnerships with communities, organizations, and agencies; and comprehensive, master-planned redevelopment of campus infrastructure and facilities. Prior to that, he served as president of Galveston College. Dr. Nigliazzo has served in many leadership roles within his profession, and is a past-president of both the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities.

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