The Butler Community College Board of Trustees met on Thursday, June 20, 2013 to discuss the presidential search finalists, input from the Advisory Committee and attendees of the public forums held with each finalist, and input of Trustees after the Board’s interviews of the two finalists. The third finalist, Dr. Ann Valentine, withdrew her application prior to the Board of Trustees’ meeting.The story at the Wichita Business Journal.
Following discussion in Executive Session, the publicly-elected governing board directed the college attorney to negotiate a contract to hire Dr. Kimberly Krull, currently Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, as Butler’s new president. After contract negotiation, a start date will be announced. Dr. Karla Fisher, Vice President of Academics and Interim President, will continue in the dual role until the new president assumes office.
The search process was facilitated by Gold Hill Associates, working with a Board-appointed fifteen member Advisory Committee consisting of community and business leaders, faculty, staff, and students. The search process and time line, and information on the finalists, has been available on the college’s website.
Ron Engelbrecht, Trustee and the Chair of the Advisory Committee said, “this was a very thorough search process which yielded three excellent finalists. Dr. Krull is an outstanding leader who will continue the good work of our retired President, Jackie Vietti.”
Board Chairperson Greg Joyce thanked the advisory committee and search consultant for their diligence and commitment and noted, “Butler Community College is an excellent resource for our communities and business partners, and Dr. Krull is a strong president who will guide our faculty, staff, and students in continuing Butler’s forward momentum and tradition of excellence.”