Centralia College narrows search for its next president

The Chronicle, CentraliaApril 13, 2014 

Centralia College has narrowed the search for its next president to four candidates, including one from Tacoma.

The college’s Presidential Search Committee has named the following candidates: Ivan L. Gorne, vice president of student services, facilities and operations at Bates Technical College in Tacoma; Nathan Church, provost of World Education University in Rancho Mirage, Calif.; Birgitte Ryslinge, interim president of the Sylvania campus of Portland Community College; and Robert A. Frost, interim superintendent and president of the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif.

Church will visit the campus April 21; Ryslinge, April 29; Gorne, May 1; and Frost, May 2. For each candidate, there will be a forum on campus from 2:45-3:45 p.m. The public can meet each candidate from 5:30-6:20 p.m.

The next president will take office July 1, replacing Jim Walton, who will retire at the end of June after 12 years at the helm of Centralia College.

Gorne has served in his post since 2006, overseeing the budget. Church is the chief academic officer for all instructional programs for World Education University, a start-up that offers free education. Ryslinge took her current position April 1 after serving as interim campus president at PCC’s Rock Creek campus in Hillsboro. Frost has served in his position since July.

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