They want to lead EvCC and will be here soon to tell you why

The three finalists are coming to town for interviews and forums, on campus and in the community.

EVERETT — Three people vying to be the next leader of Everett Community College are coming to town for interviews plus forums with students, staff, faculty and residents.

Karin Edwards, Warren Brown and Daria Willis are the finalists named last month by the college’s Board of Trustees.

Edwards, president of the Cascade Campus of Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon, will be on campus Wednesday. Brown, president of North Seattle College and a Seattle Colleges District vice chancellor, will visit Thursday.

Willis, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York, is scheduled for Monday.

The trio are seeking to succeed David Beyer, the longest-serving president in the college’s history who plans to retire at the end of the academic year in June. His successor will become Everett Community College’s 17th president since opening in 1941.

Edwards, Brown and Willis emerged from 41 applicants considered by the presidential screening committee made up of representatives from throughout the campus and community. Selection of a new president is anticipated by early May.

The same itinerary is planned for each visit.

The morning will include a campus tour and meeting with Beyer’s cabinet members and the college’s deans. After an early lunch, there will be separate sit-downs with staff, students and faculty and a 90-minute interview with the Board of Trustees.

A community forum, in which each finalist will answer questions from residents and civic leaders, will be held at 5 p.m. in the Venture Restaurant at Marriott’s Delta Hotels in Everett.

The college serves about 19,350 students in its credit, non-credit, pre-college and other programs. It is based on Tower Street, next to north Broadway, and works closely with Washington State University Everett, also on Broadway.

Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623; jcornfield@herald Twitter: @dospueblos.

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