Finalists set in chancellor search

Two finalists for the Kauai Community College chancellor position have been selected by the chancellor search advisory committee and will participate in a final round of interviews that includes public forum for each candidate.

The public is invited to meet the candidates on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at KCC in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

“The campus presentations provide an opportunity for stakeholders to meet and learn more about the candidates and their perspectives on addressing current issues and leading Kauai CC into the future,” a release said.

Michael Calvert’s forum is 11 a.m. to noon. He is president of Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kan., a role in which he has served since 2013. His accomplishments during his tenure at Pratt include the college’s recognition by the Aspen Institute as a Top 150 Community Colleges in the nation four times and as a Siemens Technical Scholars Program Qualifier twice.

Prior to this role, he was president/vice-president at Central Community College in Grand Island, Neb. He currently serves on the American Association for Community Colleges Commission on Student Success. Calvert has more than 37 years of experience in higher education as an instructor, football coach, dean and assistant dean, and interim vice-president.

He holds a doctorate of education in educational administration from Oklahoma State University; master of arts in physical education from the University of South Dakota; and a bachelor of arts in physical education from Northwestern College, Iowa.

Joseph Daisy’s forum is 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. He is president and CEO of the College of Micronesia-Federated States of Micronesia, a role in which he has served since 2012. Prior to that, at Cambridge College in Massachusetts, he was executive vice president.

Daisy has more than 41 years of experience in secondary education as a teacher, vice principal and principal; of the 41 years, more than 34 years are in higher education as a counselor, faculty, director, vice president and president/CEO. He has served as an associate director at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., providing accreditation services to public secondary schools.

He holds a doctorate in education in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, master of arts in history from the University of Massachusetts, and master of education in educational administration and bachelor of arts in history from Suffolk University, in Massachusetts.

The search for Kauai Community College’s new chancellor began in July.

The position was announced locally and nationally, and the expected start date is Jan. 2.

KCC Chancellor Helen Cox is retiring at the end of December. She will have served as chancellor for more than 11 years.

In making the search announcement, University of Hawaii Interim Vice President for Community Colleges Erika Lacro said KCC is seeking a visionary, creative and collaborative leader who can guide the college to address challenges and opportunities.

“The next chancellor must embody Kauai CC’s mission of being a kahua (foundation/site) that inspires, engages and empowers learners and educators to enrich their community and world,” Lacro said.

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