Middleton withdraws as presidential canditate

Dr. James Middleton, one of two finalists for the job of President of Cerritos Community College, has withdrawn as a candidate, according to a Presidential Search Update issued by Cheryl Epple, Board of Trustees president, on Jan. 29.

Epple said that Middleton withdrew after the search committee visited his campus on Jan. 24.

“He and his wife considered it and didn’t feel this was the right mix for him,” Epple said.

The search committee still plans to visit the Adirondack Community College campus in Queensbury, N.Y., on Feb. 14, where the remaining candidate, Dr. Jane Harmon, is currently on leave as president.

Epple states, “We, as a board, chose two candidates. We are being very clear. We are going to see both candidates.

“We are scheduled to go to New York. We have to go and do that. We have to interview the other candidate.”

Epple was very clear that neither candidate is the board’s first or second choice.

“We visited Middleton’s campus first, because it was available first.

“Jane Harmon is not our second choice.”

Epple also stated that the board would evaluate the site visit after the Feb. 14 trip and then decide to either choose Harmon or consider other options. One of those options could be to restart the entire search.

Dr. Morgan Lynn, interim president of Cerritos College, stated that she would serve as interim president until a new president is hired. She will then return to her position as vice president of Academic Affairs.