by Jesse Gallegos
SPRINGER/ LAS VEGAS —With all five finalists for the Luna Community College presidency having visited campus for a series of public forums and interviews with the LCC Board of Trustees, a decision on Luna’s new leader is looming.
The board is scheduled to meet and name its choice in a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 10.
The five finalists — Dr. Jeremy Moreland, Dr. LeRodrick Terry, Dr. Bruce Moses, Dr. Diana Pino, and Dr. Anthony Hancock, in order of appearance — emerged from a nationwide search that attracted interest from 86 applicants. Aided by a Colorado-based firm, a search committee that included representatives of various LCC constituencies narrowed the field to the final five.
Each of the finalists took part in a daylong series of public forums — one each for employees, students and community members — as well as an interview with the trustees and an evening reception. Dozens of participants attended the forums, serving up questions on everything from dual-credit courses to possible expansion of vocational education to ideas for a campus cafeteria. Increasing enrollment and boosting retention were major subjects addressed, as was Luna’s ongoing efforts to improve its accreditation status.
Whomever the board ultimately chooses will succeed interim president Ricky Serna, who has served since July 2017. Under his direction, Luna has upgraded its accreditation status to probation from a show-cause order handed down by the Higher Learning Commission in November 2017. The HLC is due to make a decision on Luna’s accreditation status in November 2019.