The finalists for Lord Fairfax Community College’s next president: Kimberly Blosser, Annesa Cheek, Julie Leidig and J. Michael Thomson.
Lord Fairfax Community College officials have selected four finalists for the president’s job — each of whom will participate in public interviews.
LFCC President Cheryl Thompson-Stacy will retire Feb. 1 after nine years in the position. Dr. Thompson-Stacy earns $210,000 a year.
Citizens will have opportunities to learn more about each and ask questions of the candidates in a series of forums this week and next at the Warrenton and Middletown campuses.
The State Board for Community Colleges certified these finalists among 102 applicants nationwide:
• Kimberly P. Blosser, LFCC’s vice president of academic and student affairs.
Dr. Blosser’s forums will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Middletown and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, in Warrenton.
• Annesa Cheek, vice president for school and community partnerships at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.
Dr. Cheek’s forums will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, in Middletown and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Warrenton.
• Julie Leidig, campus provost for the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
Dr. Leidig’s forums will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, in Middletown and 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, in Warrenton.
• J. Michael Thomson, college vice president and Eastern Campus president of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Thomson’s forums will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in Warrenton and at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in Middletown.
“The Lord Fairfax Community College presidency is appealing to an impressive group of community college leaders from around the country,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “The focus our colleges place on student success, our innovative approaches to providing short-term workforce training, and our stability make us attractive to high-performing education leaders seeking their next career step.”
During the forums, the candidates will introduce themselves, provide their professional background and goals, give 10-minute presentations on a specific topic and take part in a 40-minute question-and-answer session.
Citizens attending the forums will receive a link to an online survey to provide feedback on the candidates.
The LFCC College Board will receive the survey results before making a final recommendation to Chancellor DuBois.
Founded at Middletown in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College also offers classes at Warrenton, Vint Hill and Luray.