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Halifax Community College will hold a series of public presidential candidate forums on October 31 through November 2 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Phillip Taylor Building, room 108, on the college’s campus.

Board of Trustees Chair Mike Williams said the presidential search committee received a total of 53 applications to fill the position of the college’s late president Michael Elam.

The search committee has narrowed the list to what Williams described as six highly-qualified semi-finalists and is currently  in the process of narrowing the list to three finalists to be recommended for consideration by the full board of trustees.  

He said the names and biographical information regarding the three finalists will be released to the public at a point following the regular board of trustees meeting on Tuesday. That meeting begins at 10 a.m. in the boardroom, building 100, on the HCC campus.  

At that same meeting, the board will adopt a schedule of events for presenting the finalists to the public over the period October 31 through November 2.

The college will host one finalist each of the three days.  

Williams said each of the three days contains, among other things, a public forum during which each finalist will be presented to the public.  

At the close of the three days of public presentation, the board will hold a special meeting on November 3 to select a final candidate.  

According to the State Board of Community Colleges regulations, the name of the final candidate cannot be publicly released until after approval by the state board at its regular monthly meeting later in November. 

At this point, the names of none of the candidates are available for public release.

The overall schedule for the president search process anticipates the new president assuming office on or about January 1.  That date may vary depending upon the new president's availability and current obligations.