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Plenty of buzz in school’s search

WHILE I agree with Lawrence Harmon’s Feb. 16 column encouraging a focused search for a permanent president at Roxbury Community College, I disagree with his assertion that there is a lack of buzz regarding the search (“Degrees of disappointment,” Op-ed).

The new board of trustees at Roxbury Community College has appointed a search committee charged with developing a strong and diverse pool of candidates, screening them, inviting finalists for interviews, and assessing each interviewee.

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The committee has been meeting regularly since November. We expect the committee to wrap up its search by the end of the academic year.

As the chair of Roxbury Community College’s board of trustees, I can affirm unequivocally that we are looking for a transformational leader with a demonstrated record of sustained academic leadership and accomplishments, as well as a proven capacity to create an environment and academic culture focused on student success and increasing enrollment and graduation rates.

Roxbury Community College will be celebrating its 40th anniversary when the school year starts this fall and despite recent challenges, the board believes that the college is poised and positioned to move to the next level as an innovative, forward-thinking institution.

Kathy Taylor

Roxbury Crossing

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