Meet the candidates

Coastal Bend College Board of Trustees will host candidates forums this week to give the public opportunities to meet the five finalists for the position of college president. Two forums will be held each day for staff, faculty, students and the community, including the media, on all campuses.

The daily schedule of Forums is as follows:

10-11 a.m.: Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium, CBC Beeville Campus

Public and Press Invited

1-2 p.m.: Video Connections Available

 Beeville Campus (E-112)

 Alice Campus (A-205)

 Kingsville Campus (K-131)

 Pleasanton Campus (P-139)

Candidates will take part on the following days:

Monday, March 5, 2012: Dr. Thomas Alan Rasco

Dr. Thomas Rasco served as President of Texarkana College in Texarkana. Previously, Dr. Rasco served as President of South Arkansas Community College in Eldorado, Ark. Dr. Rasco holds an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Baylor University, Waco, a Masters in Speech Communication and Management and a Bachelors in Behavioral Science from the University of Houston, an Associate of Arts and Sciences in Nursing and an Associate of Arts and Sciences in Respiratory Therapy from Odessa College in Odessa, Texas.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012: Dr. Karen Clos Bleeker

Dr. Karen Bleeker served as the President of the Community College of Denver in Denver, Colo. Previously, Dr. Bleeker was Vice President of Educational Services at Temple College in Temple, Texas. Dr. Bleeker holds an Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Community College Leadership from The University of Texas at Austin, a Masters in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a Masters in Adult Education from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, and a Bachelors in Sociology from Trinity University in San Antonio.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012: Dr. Beatriz Treviño Espinoza

Dr. Beatriz Espinoza serves as Vice Chancellor for Educational Planning and Services at Yuba Community College District in Marysville, Calif. Previously, Dr. Espinoza was Vice President for Workforce Learning Services at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz. Dr. Espinoza holds a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology and Educational Psychology and a Masters in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg


Thursday, March 8, 2012: Dr. Jimmy A. Cargill

Dr. James Cargill serves as the President of Dawson Community College in Dawson, Mont. Previously, Dr. Cargill served as Chief Academic Officer at Ashland Community and Technical College in Ashland, Ky. Dr. Cargill holds an Ed.D. in Music Education from the University of Houston, a Masters in Musicology and a Bachelors in Music Education from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.


Friday, March 9, 2012: Dr. W. David Pelham

Dr. W. David Pelham serves as Director of Higher Colleges of Technology – Fujairah in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. Previously, Dr. Pelham was President of Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Dr. Pelham holds an Ed.D in Education Leadership and Community College Administration from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, a Masters in Communications from Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., a Bachelors in Individual Directions (Speech, Psychology, and Political Science) from Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. and an Associate of Arts in General Education from Brevard Community College in Palm Bay, Fla. Scheduled for each candidate:

Public and Press Invited

Feedback forms will be provided to all who attend the Open Public Forums and will be collected at the end of each Forum. They will be sent under seal to the Board of Trustees for review during the evaluation of the finalist candidates.

Coastal Bend College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability.


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