The Santa Monica College (SMC) board of trustees voted Monday, April 18th, to hire the national nonprofit Association of Community College Trustees to assist in the search for a new SMC president.

The decision came after the trustees heard presentations from association representatives and two other finalists — Community College Search Services of Ventura and the Los Angeles office of the executive search firm Korn/Ferry International.

Fees charged by the Association of Community College Trustees will range from $20,000 to $25,000, plus other expenses.

The association consulting team will work with a Santa Monica College search committee that has not yet been established.

The search process is expected to take the rest of the year, with a new president selected around the beginning of next year, college officials said.

SMC search committee members and Association of Community College Trustees consultants will develop president profile and recruitment materials, identify prospective candidates nationwide, and conduct background reports and reference checks on top candidates.

The Association of Community College Trustees has had 30 years of experience in community college executive recruitment and has completed almost 300 searches for chancellors and presidents throughout the nation.

SMC is seeking a successor to Piedad Robertson, who retired as college president earlier this year to accept the chief executive position at the Education Commission of the States, based in Denver.

Thomas Donner will serve as college interim president through the calendar year.

Information, (310) 434-4209.

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