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Three finalists picked for FM president

JOHNSTOWN — The search for a permanent president for Fulton-Montgomery Community College has entered the home stretch with the selection of three finalists for consideration for the position by the college’s presidential search committee.

Finalists include Greg Truckenmiller the current acting president at FMCC, Lisa Schlotterhausen the current vice president of academic affairs and student services at Lamar Community College in Colorado and Peter Grant Jordan the current president of Tarrant County College-South Campus in Texas.

Each of the finalists is vying to become the college’s ninth president, succeeding former President Dustin Swanger who retired in July 2019.

The extensive presidential search process called for by the State University of New York was originally expected to get underway at the beginning of this year and to conclude with an appointment this summer, but the upheaval caused by the coronavirus as educational institutions were forced to suddenly shift to fully remote instructional formats in March delayed the search process.

The search was finally able to proceed in earnest over the summer with the formation of a presidential search committee composed of members of the FMCC Board of Trustees, college students and staff and representatives from Fulton and Montgomery Counties. RH Perry & Associates, a national search firm, was contracted by FMCC to recruit applicants, verify credentials and conduct more extensive background checks as candidates advanced through the application process.

Truckenmiller, Schlotterhausen and Jordan were selected as the finalists for the presidency from a pool of initial applicants selected to interview with the presidential search committee.

Truckenmiller when he was appointed acting president by the FMCC and SUNY Boards of Trustees effective Aug. 1, 2019 following Swanger’s retirement, stated his intention to apply for the permanent appointment and has therefore not been involved in the presidential search process except as an applicant.

Truckenmiller began his career at FMCC in 2000 as the first full-time director of institutional research where he established a new Office of Institutional Research and organized a program of support for internal and external reporting and analysis. Truckenmiller went on to serve as the dean of arts and sciences leading four academic divisions and the campus learning center from 2002 to 2009.

He was named provost and vice president of academic affairs in June 2009 where he served as the college’s chief academic officer leading eight academic divisions, the campus library, the learning center, institutional research, the registrar, and the information technology department.

Truckenmiller also serves as a member of several local boards, including Colonial Healthcare, Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home, the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Montgomery County Business Advisory Council.

After serving as the college president over the course of what has widely been described as an “unprecedented” year amidst the ongoing pandemic, Truckenmiller on Thursday pointed to his most recent leadership experiences as a learning opportunity.

“The past year has definitely given me the experience and confidence to assume the role should the ultimate decision be made,” said Truckenmiller. “I feel very gratified that I’ve been able to become a finalist in the process and I’m looking forward to seeing the process through.”

Jordan’s career in higher education spans three decades. Since January 2012, Jordan has served as president of Tarrant County College -South Campus, leading a campus with over 500 faculty and staff and annual enrollments of 17,000 students. The community college has an annual operating budget of nearly $30 million and a physical plant that includes 21 buildings on a 159-acre campus.

His applicant biography states that Jordan is “passionate about the mission of community colleges, and is committed to access, diversity, academic quality, planning, innovation and student success in higher education. He has significant experience leading change, while building community and capacity within complex college/university environments.”

Schlotterhausen throughout her career has held various positions at community colleges. Before serving in her current position as vice president of academic affairs and student services at Lamar Community College, Schlotterhausen worked at three community colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and University system previously serving as dean of academic affairs, dean of institutional effectiveness and planning and academic advisor.

Each of the three finalists for the presidency at FMCC is scheduled to interview with the FMCC Board of Trustees this week and next. Each candidate will also participate in a virtual public forum hosted over Zoom allowing members of the community to meet with each of the finalists remotely and ask questions before submitting feedback on the applicants to the Board of Trustees for consideration in making a final selection.

The Board of Trustees is expected to select a top finalist this month to advance to the SUNY Board of Trustees. A subgroup of the SUNY leadership team and Board of Trustees will interview the selected individual. The SUNY board is expected to take formal action on the FMCC presidency in November, potentially leading to the final appointment of a permanent president later this year.

Details on the virtual public forums and how to participate can be found on the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Facebook page. The public forum with Schlotterhausen took place on Wednesday. The public forum with Jordan is scheduled today at 2:30 p.m. The public forum with Truckenmiller will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m.

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