Pick The Next Shasta College President

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You may help choose the next president of Shasta College during forums with the two finalists for the position later this week.

The top candidates to replace current president Gary Lewis, who is retiring in August, are Joe Wyse, Shasta College’s vice president of administrative services, and Kevin Trutna, vice president for academic and student services at Yuba College. A forum with Wyse is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, in the Shasta College Theater. A forum with Trutna is set for 11:15 a.m. on Friday at the same location.

At each forum, the candidate will field about 10 questions provided by instructors, administrators and classified staff members, according to Patricia Demo, Shasta College vice president of human resources. The questions will regard the candidate’s background, teaching experience, communications expertise and goals for the college.

Although no back-and-forth exchange is planned, the event offers the candidates a chance to present themselves and their ideas to the general public. Everyone present will receive an evaluation sheet that will be forwarded to the Shasta College Board of Trustees. The board is likely to choose the next president at its June 8 meeting. A search advisory committee composed of three board members and representatives of campus interests narrowed the field to the two finalists.

“It’s the first time we’ve done a forum like this,” said Demo. “They’ve used forums at Butte College in Chico and Mission College and some other institutions.”

Before coming to Shasta College in 2007, Wyse held a number of administrative positions at Chicago-based Trinity International University, including executive director of the Trinity Law School and Graduate School at the university’s California Regional Center in Santa Ana. Wyse holds a master’s degree in new testament studies from Trinity and a bachelor’s in physics from Kenyon College. He is working on his Ed.D. in organizational leadership at Pepperdine.

Trutna has been with Yuba College in Marysville since 1999. He served as dean of math, engineering, science and health occupations for six years, and did a short stint as acting president in 2009. Trutna holds an Ed.D. in adult higher education from Montana State, a master’s in mathematics from Montana State, and a bachelor’s in mathematics and theology from Loyola.

Today’s À La Carte menu:

• Get a job … A business and job expo sponsored by the Anderson Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Wednesday, May 25, at the Shasta Outlets on Highway 273 in Anderson. This is the second year for the event, in which business proprietors and job seekers may get to know one another. If you call the chamber right now at (530) 365-8095, you might still be able to get an exhibition space for your business.

• And you were going to throw that away … Organizers of a community rummage sale scheduled for this Saturday, May 28, at the MLK Center in Redding still have spaces available for sellers. There is no charge, but you do need to make a reservation by calling (530) 225-4375. The doors open at 7 a.m. for you early birds.

• Calling all musicians … Our friends at ArtHop Redding are looking for solo musicians, duos, bands, and you name the collaboration to perform during the next event, scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. on June 11. If you’re interested, shoot an email to hawkmanstudios@yahoo.com.

shigley-mugshotPaul Shigley is senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a frequent contributor to Planning magazine and took his first journalism classes at College of San Mateo several decades back. He lives in Centerville. Paul Shigley may be reached at pauls.anewscafe@gmail.com.

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has been a professional journalist since 1987. For 12 years, he served as editor or senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a statewide trade publication for land use planners, real estate development professionals and attorneys. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter or editor at newspapers in Redding, Grass Valley, Napa and Calistoga. Shigley's work also has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Planning magazine, Governing magazine, California Law Week, National Speed Sport News and elsewhere. In addition, he is co-author of Guide to California Planning, a college text and reference book, and is currently working on a book for the American Planning Association about the Bay Delta and California water resources. A graduate of California State University, Sacramento, Shigley has contributed to A News Cafe since 2009. He and his wife, Dana, live in western Shasta County.
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