The Renton Reporter tells us in this article that the RTC board of trustees is interviewing candidates tomorrow and Thursday for the interim president position.
I’m still amazed that they are already proceeding with interviews, considering The only posting I have seen anywhere for the president position is the one I offered as a suggested draft here … let’s hope this is not the one people are responding to
Seriously, RTC Board Chair Ronnie Behnke is being so secret about this process, it continues to bring suspicion upon the Board of Trustees. Was the job posted? What did the posting say? Who are the candidates? Why are their names being kept from us when the rumor is that most of their names have been taken off of a published list of college interim presidents? What will be the process for down-selecting? How come the interviews won’t be public?
For comparison Marcie Palmer and I, as council president and president pro-tem, worked overtime to make sure there was no confusion or missed opportunity when we picked a new council member two years ago. We ensured the public knew exactly what was happening at every step of the way, and included the public in as many meetings as possible. (I would think the choice of a college president is on the same order of importance.)
All my articles on this topic can be found here .
The only possible reason that I can think of for keeping the name of an applicant for a college president private would be if the applicant has another job and is concerned about their employer knowing they are looking around. However, in this case it sounds like everyone in the school staff knows who the internal applicants are, and the other applicants appear to have come off a published college list of interim candidates. So why hide anything?
I hope the board of trustees considers shining a light on this process tomorrow, and allowing the public an opportunity to understand.