Ozarka College is getting closer to hiring a new college president.
March 30 the presidential selection committee met and decided to bring in six candidates for initial interviews for the position. The candidates include, Dr. Clarence Ates, executive vice president of student learning of Northwest Arkansas Community College; Dr. Richard Dawe, vice chancellor of the Ventura County Community College and former dean of work at College of the Ozarks; Dr. Mike DeLong, vice president of Ozarka College; Ted Hall, superintendent of the Batesville School District; Dr. Scott Hamilton, dean of instruction of Eastern Idaho Technical College; Keith McClanahan, director of advanced technology and allied health of Arkansas State University in Beebe; and Dr. Gary Stretcher, vice president of academic affairs at Lamar State College-Port Arthur Administration of East Texas State University.
In December 2008, Dr. Dusty Johnston, the former Ozarka College president, announced he was leaving to become president of Vernon College in his home state of Texas. In the meantime, Tina Wheelis was appointed interim president until the position is filled.
According to Karla Rush, who chairs the presidential selection committee, they are planning to have a new college president by July 2009.