Cowley College announces presidential finalists
After an extensive national search, the Cowley College Board of Trustees
is pleased to announce that there are three finalists for the presidency
of Cowley College. The three finalists are being invited to participate
in public forums at Cowley College and interviews with the Board of Trustees.
The finalists are, Mr. N. Clark Williams, Dr. Robert Riza, and Dr. Michael
Bios for the finalists:
- Mr. N. Clark Williams is a Vice President and the Chief Operating
Officer for Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon. As
Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Williams has been responsible for the
duties of a chief administrative officer, a chief financial officer,
and a chief technology officer. In addition, he has the senior executive
responsibilities for enrollment management, as well as the leadership
of the college’s
four branch campuses, the construction and maintenance of facilities,
and the operation of auxiliary enterprises. Previously, Mr. Williams
served as Chairman, President and CEO of DecisionWorks, Inc. in Reston,
VA. Mr. Williams holds a Master of Science in Engineering and Economic
Systems from Stanford University in Stanford, CA and a Bachelor of
Science from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
- Dr. Robert Keith Riza currently serves as the Vice President – Student
Services at Hill College, a multi-campus comprehensive community college
located in Hillsboro, TX. Dr. Riza brings many years of experience
in higher education, including student services, instruction, and athletic
administration. Dr. Riza has served as the Executive Director of Athletics
and Associate Vice Chancellor – Student Affairs at Pima Community
College, in Tucson, Arizona, the nation’s sixth largest community
college. Dr. Riza holds a Doctor of Education in Curriculum, Supervision
and Instruction from Texas A&M University in Commerce, TX, a Master
of Science in Secondary and Higher Education from Texas A&M University
in Commerce, TX, Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Studies
from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, TX and an Associate of
Arts from Weatherford College in Weatherford, TX.
- Dr. Michael Calvert is the Campus President/College Vice-President
for Central Community College in Grand Island, Nebraska. Prior to this
position, Dr. Calvert served for 20 years at Butler Community College
in El Dorado, Kansas. He was a Dean for 14 years, primarily overseeing
the campuses at Andover, Rose Hill, and McConnell Air Force Base. Dr.
Calvert has a diverse set of experiences in higher education including:
instruction, administration, coaching, community involvement, fund-raising,
student services, and residential life. Dr. Calvert holds a Doctor
of Education in Educational Administration from Oklahoma State University
in Stillwater, OK, a Master of Arts in Physical Education from the
University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD and a Bachelor of Arts
in Physical Education from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA.
Candidate Public Forums will take place on the 8th, 9th and 10th of
April. All forums will take place in the Earle N. Wright Community Room
located inside the Brown Center at 3 p.m. All members of the College
community, faculty, staff, students and members of the public at large
are invited and encouraged to attend. There will be a brief introduction
of each candidate followed by a question/answer session. Comment forms
will be given to all who attend and the completed comment forms will
be collected and given to the Cowley College Board of Trustees for its
review as part of the deliberation process.
The schedule of forums is as follows:
April 8 - Mr. Williams; April 9 - Dr. Riza; April 10 - Dr. Calvert.