Cuesta College narrows presidential search to three
October 6, 2011
Three men, including one who lacks a Ph.D. or Ed.D., have been named as the finalists for the Cuesta College superintendent/president position.
The three candidates will be featured in a public forum on Tuesday, Oct. 11 from noon to 3 p.m. in Room 5401 of the Student Center. Each of the finalists will have 50 minutes to introduce themselves, answer a series of pre-determined questions, and respond to other questions from the audience.
The candidates will also be interviewed by the Cuesta Board of Trustees on Oct. 12.
The three finalists are:
Ed Knudson has worked in the California Community College System since 1993 after earning his master’s degree (He has no degree above a master’s). Knudsen has served as full-time faculty, department chair, faculty president, division director, dean, vice president of Academic Affairs and executive vice president. He has served on a variety of college governance committees, has written successful grants and served on the boards of college Foundations. He is also a veteran of the United States Army.
Dr. Willard Clark Lewallen earned two master’s degrees in exercise science and counseling from Purdue University and a doctorate in education from UCLA. He has 32 years of professional experience working in higher education, including 27 years working in the California Community College system. After working for five years as a counselor/academic advisor at Purdue University, he worked as a counselor at Antelope Valley College. Lewallen has since served as a faculty member, dean, vice president of Students Services, and since 2007, has served as president of West Hills College.
Dr. Gilbert H. Stork has been serving as Cuesta College’s interim superintendent/president since January 2010. He has a longstanding relationship with Cuesta College dating back to 1967. At Cuesta College, Stork has served as an assistant football coach, mathematics instructor, division chair, associate dean, dean, and assistant superintendent/vice president of student services. He earned his master’s degree in mathematics from Cal Poly and his doctorate in educational administration from Brigham Young University. Additionally, Stork has served on the board of directors and volunteered for numerous local, non-profit organizations.
Originally, the selection committee had come back with four candidates after being instructed to select three to five options for the position. However, one stepped down before the presentation of the names to the Board of Trustees earlier this week.
A new president is expected to be announced by early December.