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BBCC Terry Leas (left) shaking hands with Association of Washington Business official (right)

MOSES LAKE - On Wednesday, the Big Bend Community College Board of Trustees announced that it will not hire a third party to search for candidates to replace outgoing college President Terry Leas.

The Board of Trustees says it will handle the national search for a new president. The next steps in the search for a new president will be discussed in a special session meeting on October 10. School officials say a survey soliciting input on what staff and the local community on the type of leader they’d like to see serve as the school next president.

A presidential search advisory committee consisting of 12-15 members will be tasked with conducting the search. As far as the hiring timeline is concerned, the school says it would like to make the official recruitment launch in November with the priority applications being accepted 21 days. In December, initial candidate reviews will begin and the pool will be reduced to 10. A second round of review will be held in January narrowing the field to five. On-campus interviews would be conducted for the finalists in February and on-site visits in early March. The announcement of Big Bend’s 10th President would happen on March 31st.

Current President Terry Leas, who announced his retirement in August, is expected to step down when his contract ends June 30, 2020. 

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