TAMPA — Four college administrators from outside Florida are finalists in the search to replace outgoing Hillsborough Community College president Gwendolyn W. Stephenson.
The finalists are:
• Ken Atwater, 58, president of South Mountain Community College in Phoenix since 2001. He has a doctorate in higher education administration with a focus on community colleges from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
• Myrtle Dorsey, 57, chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College in Louisiana since 2002. She has a doctorate from the University of Texas, where she graduated from the Community College Leadership Program.
• Mark Rocha, 56, president of West Los Angeles College in California since 2006. He has a doctorate in English from the University of Southern California.
• Anthony Tricoli, 54, president of Georgia Perimeter College near Atlanta since 2007. He has a doctorate in leadership and administration from the graduate school of education at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.
Those four came from 38 applicants, including four HCC administrators. No internal candidate made the 10 for a first round of interviews, though the search committee chairman said all were qualified.
HCC trustees are scheduled to interview the four Friday but do not plan to make any decisions then. The applicants are expected to return in mid April to participate in public forums with faculty members, students, staffers and the public. Those going to the forums will be able to fill out feedback forms that will go to the trustees.
Stephenson, who has led HCC for nearly 13 years, is scheduled to retire in June.
Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report.