GateWay searches for new president

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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GateWay Community College is looking for a new president to lead the nearly 45-year-old institution, as current GateWay President Eugene Giovannini will be stepping down July 1 to lead a new initiative known as the Maricopa Corporate College.  See “Corporate College” story.

“Dr. Giovannini has accomplished much in his tenure at GateWay Community College, from strengthening industry and community ties and expanding the role of the college as a comprehensive workforce development higher education institution. That's why he is being tapped for this new role in establishing the Maricopa Corporate College," said Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Rufus Glasper

On behalf of the chancellor, Human Resources Vice Chancellor Nikki Jackson will work closely with the search firm and the search committee, which will be made up of student, faculty and staff representatives at GateWay. 

The search committee co-chairs include Ilene Borze, Sharon Luczu and Diana Muniz at GateWay. The co-chairs have pulled together the search committee, with approval from the chancellor and Human Resources.

As part of the process, Cizek Associates is conducting a national search for the district, gathering feedback from various stakeholders, developing a position profile, setting timelines, accepting candidate nominations as well as finding candidates on its own.

In mid-January faculty and staff were invited to town hall meetings to learn how the search process would work, and were able to share their thoughts on what they want in their next college leader.

“Based on the questions and the input given at the sessions, it is apparent that many gave great thought in what they would like to see in our next president before the meetings,” said Luczu, faculty senate president and program director for Health Services Management at GateWay.

In addition to being interviewed by the search committee, open forums and sessions will be held for each of the candidates, each will interview with members of the Chancellor’s Executive Committee and then the chancellor before a final decision is made.  

The college has additional information and details about the search process online. Students, faculty, staff and the community are encouraged to visit the site for information about the status of the search, potential candidates and timelines.

The new president is expected to start July 1.