BROWNSVILLE — Texas Southmost College President Lily Tercero is one of four finalists for the position of president at Northeast Lakeview College.
Tercero, who is on administrative leave with pay, is scheduled to visit the college Sept. 2, according to The Ranger Online.
TSC Board Vice Chair Trey Mendez said it was clear Tercero had been looking for employment elsewhere for a few months, but that this practice was common in colleges.
“That’s the reality of colleges and presidencies. Turnover is usually a few years, but not unique to our situation. It’s a situation across the country,” Mendez said.
The other three finalists, according to The Ranger, are:
– Regan Romali, president of H.S. Truman College, part of the Colleges of Chicago system.
– Michelle Woodhouse, provost/chief operation officer of Tidewater Community College Norfolk Campus in Virginia.
– Gregory Thomas, vice president of student affairs/institutional research, effectiveness and accreditation of Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois.
The search team is being led by Tangila Dove, vice president of college services at Northeast Lakeview College.
Each candidate will go through a daylong interview process, including a public forum from 2-2:30 p.m. in Room 211 of Northeast Lakeview’s library and an employee forum from 2:45-3:45 p.m. in the performing arts center, according to the Ranger.
Mendez said that based on his review of the finalists, Tercero was the best qualified for the position, and she even had a history with the Alamo college as the chief budget officer.
“Everyone on the board wishes her well in her endeavors, and it has never been the intent of the board to harm her personally or professionally,” Mendez said.