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Board of Trustees Announce Search For Fifth President

Posted April 9, 2019 at 10:36 am

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that it has begun the search for the next President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College following Dr. Walter Asonevich’s announcement of his intent to retire in July 2020.

President Dr. Walter J. Asonevich’s service to Pennsylvania Highlands has been exemplary and the Board has extended its appreciation for his leadership. Pennsylvania Highlands will be celebrating his service as his retirement date nears.

The appointment of Pennsylvania Highlands’ next president will shape the college’s future for years to come and the Board of Trustees is fully committed to conducting an equitable, inclusive, and transparent national search.

The Board of Trustees has selected the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to assist Pennsylvania Highlands with the search process. ACCT’s assistance will include recruiting highly-competitive candidates, working with the Search Committee, and supporting the Board of Trustees. ACCT has conducted over 500 community college searches, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the process. ACCT’s mission is to strengthen community college governance through education and advocacy. Dr. Bradley Ebersole will serve as the ACCT Search Consultant.

Public Forums

An important step in the presidential search process is the development of a Presidential Profile. On Wednesday, April 24, our Richland Campus will host four public forums. The Richland Campus can be found at 101 Community College Way, Johnstown, PA 15904.

The purpose of these sessions is to listen to your input, which will assist with the development of the Presidential Profile. The entire college community is invited and encouraged to participate in a wide-ranging discussion about the qualities, characteristics, and qualifications we are seeking in the next President, as well as the opportunities and challenges facing Pennsylvania Highlands in the years to come. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the presidential search process.

We want to invite and encourage everyone to attend one of the important one-hour open forums on Wednesday, April 24, 2019:

Search Process Details

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will maintain a Presidential Search webpage, where you can find the Presidential Profile and all pertinent information regarding the search process (as it is all developed and finalized). All information will be up in the coming weeks, and it will include all aspects of the search for both the college community and the candidates. Progress reports and pertinent information will be posted on a regular basis to the webpage at www.pennhighlands.edu/presidential-search/.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College looks forward to an extensive and inclusive search that will find an outstanding leader for not only the college, but the region.