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Presidential Search

The Board of Trustees has announced that the search is underway for the next President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. Applications and nominations for the position of President are currently being accepted until the position is filled.

Update 11/20/19: Dr. Steve Nunez has been named as the fifth President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

Update 10/22/19: Three Finalists have been named in the Presidential Search.

Click here to view the Presidential Profile for this position.

Target date for applications was September 4th, 2019.

If you have any questions or suggestions, or would like to make a confidential inquiry, please contact:

  • Bradley Ebersole, Ph.D., ACCT Search Consultant
    bradleyebersole@gmail.com | (740) 538-7989 (mobile)
  • Julie Golder, J.D., Vice President of Search Services, ACCT
    jgolder@acct.org | (202) 384-5816 (mobile) | (202)-775-4477 (office)

Next President

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Steve Nunez has been appointed and will serve as the fifth President of Penn Highlands, effective January 6, 2020. The Board welcomes Dr. Nunez’s leadership as we enter a new chapter at Penn Highlands Community College. Dr. Nunez brings a deep personal and professional background in community college education, along with an engaging personality and enthusiasm for the position.

Dr. Steve Nunez

Currently, Dr. Nunez is Vice President of Academics and Student Services at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois. During his 23-year career in higher education, Dr. Nunez has served as a faculty member and senior administrator where he supervised multiple and diverse areas of Sauk Valley Community College. Dr. Nunez earned a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan; a Master of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia; and an Associate of Science from Southwest Virginia Community College in Cedar Bluff, Virginia.

“I am truly honored to be selected as the next President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College,” stated Dr. Nunez. “I am excited to work with our community, as well as with the faculty and staff at the College, to celebrate the last 25 years and to plan and set the stage for the next 25 years of success.”

The Board of Trustees would like to share our wholehearted appreciation to every member of the Presidential Search Committee and the Penn Highlands Community College staff, faculty, students, and administration who put in their time and dedication on behalf of the Institution. The comments and participation in the forums were carefully considered and valued by the Board.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the College community, and our public stakeholders, we welcome Dr. Nunez in his new position and look forward to his arrival in January.

Finalists

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the selection of three finalists for the presidency of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.  The strong reputation that the college holds has allowed for a robust and deep candidate pool from all parts of the country.

The following three candidates have been selected as finalists for the presidential search (in alphabetical order):

Scott E. Behrens, Ph.D., is former Vice President of Teaching and Learning at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, FL. He had previously served as Dean of Academic Affairs at Hillsborough Community College in Plant City, FL. Dr. Behrens earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Psychology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL; a Master of Arts in Human Development/Educational Psychology from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ; and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Western Maryland College in Westminster, MD.

Ted A. Lewis, Ed.D., is Provost of Bluefield State College in Bluefield, WV. He previously served as Vice President of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Lewis earned a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration, Community College Leadership Program, at The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX; a Master of Science in Political Science from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, TX.

Steve C. Nunez, Ed.D., is Vice President of Academics and Student Services at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, IL. He previously served as Vice President of Research, Planning and Information Affairs at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, IL. Dr. Nunez earned a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI; a Master of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA; and an Associate of Science from Southwest Virginia Community College in Cedar Bluff, VA.

Open Forums

Each presidential finalist will participate in open forums, in which everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. These forums are open to all faculty, administrators, staff, students, and the general public. There will be a brief introduction of each candidate, followed by a question and answer session. Feedback forms will be provided to all who attend, and the completed forms will be collected at the end of each forum and given to the Board of Trustees for review.

Dr. Scott Behrens
Tuesday, November 5th
11:00am – 12:00pm, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Room A144
Richland Campus

Dr. Ted Lewis
Wednesday, November 6th
11:00am – 12:00pm, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Room A144
Richland Campus

Dr. Steve Nunez
Thursday, November 7th
11:00am – 12:00pm, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Room A144
Richland Campus

Search Timeline

April 24, 2019 ACCT Search Consultant facilitates open public forums on campus to collect information for the draft Presidential Profile.
April 25, 2019 Search Committee Meeting #1:  orientation and training; review and provide feedback on the draft Presidential Profile.
Mid-May Board meets to review feedback, revise, finalize and approve the Presidential Profile.
Mid-May – August 2019 ACCT’s targeted regional, state-wide and national recruitment activities.
September 4, 2019 Target Date for Applications
Mid-September 2019 Search Committee Meeting #2: Committee to select confidential semifinalists to interview.
Late-September 2019 Search Committee Meeting #3: Committee to have confidential interviews with semifinalists; after the final interview, the Committee will deliberate and recommend finalists to the Board.
Mid-October 2019 Final candidates visit Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and participate in open forums. Board interviews final candidates. Board deliberation and discussion.
Mid-November Board selects and announces the next president of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

Search Committee

The Presidential Search Committee will have a significant role in finding Penn Highlands’ new president.

The Presidential Search Committee will be responsible for reviewing the confidential applications, interviewing semifinalists, and identifying the final candidates to submit to the Penn Highlands Board of Trustees for approval.

The committee consists of representatives from across the College, including the Board, employee groups, students, and community members. The members of the Presidential Search Committee are:

  • Greg Winger (Board of Trustees, Chairperson, Penn Highlands Board of Trustees)
  • Alan Cashaw (Board of Trustees, Vice Chairperson, Penn Highlands Board of Trustees)
  • Ed Bowser (Board of Trustees, Trustee, Penn Highlands Board of Trustees)
  • Dave Mordan (Foundation Board, President, Penn Highlands Foundation Board)
  • Mike Kane (Community Member, President, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies)
  • Tom Chernisky (Cambria County Commissioner, President Commissioner, Cambria County Commissioners)
  • John Skelley (Community Member, Former Trustee of Penn Highlands)
  • Stephen McKnight (Community Member, President & CEO, ABCD Corporation)
  • Thomas Kakabar (Community Member, Superintendent, Conemaugh Township School District)
  • Dennis Miller (Faculty, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, Penn Highlands)
  • Sherri Slavick (Faculty, Assistant Professor, Physical Sciences, Penn Highlands)
  • Susan Fisher (Administration, Assistant VP of Human Resources, Penn Highlands)
  • Erica Reighard (Administration, Dean of Faculty, Penn Highlands)
  • Michelle Stumpf (Administration, Dean of Enrollment Services and Registrar, Penn Highlands)
  • Mike Lucas (Staff, ADA Specialist, Penn Highlands)
  • TBD (Student, Penn Highlands Student Senate Officer, Penn Highlands)
  • Bradley Ebersole (Consultant, ACCT)