A series of public forums featuring the four finalists vying for the top post at The Evergreen State College in Olympia will begin this week, and continue through mid-February.
Evergreen president Thomas “Les” Purce, who has served as the college’s president since July 2000, is retiring this summer. The college’s Board of Trustees hopes to make a selection and job offer in March.
Alumni, students and community members are invited to participate in the forums, which will include presentations and question and answer sessions with each candidate.
All of the events will be held in Recital Hall at the Evergreen campus, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia. The forums are:
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• 12 to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, featuring Margaret Madden, provost and vice president for academic affairs at State University of New York at Potsdam. She has a doctorate in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
• 12 to 1:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, featuring Luis Pedraja, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Antioch University Los Angeles. He has a doctorate in philosophical theology and religious studies from the University of Virginia.
• 12 to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, featuring Rhona Free, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Eastern Connecticut State University. She has a doctorate in economics from the University of Notre Dame.
• 12 to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, featuring George Bridges, president of Whitman College. He has a doctorate in sociology from the University of Washington.