First candidate visits NIACC campus


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MASON CITY, Iowa – The interview process is underway as North Iowa Area Community College looks for a new leader.

Today a public forum is being held, where the first of a handful of candidates is making her pitch for presidency at NIACC.

Faculty and staff members ask questions on a variety of subjects ranging from using more technology in the classrooms to attracting more students to the school.

Candidate Ann Valentine shares why she believes the forums are beneficial for making the right decision.

“It’s in their best interest and it’s ion the president’s best interest to have an open communication capability with faculty and staff so that they feel comfortable in asking questions and I feel comfortable in answering,” said Valentine.

The search continues with candidates making tours on Monday and Tuesday this week and the next.

The meetings are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to take part.

If hired, candidate Valentine also goes on to explain what she plans to do on her first day on the job.

“What I like to do is just walk the hallways, greet students and ask them how classes are going. Sometimes I hear very good things and sometimes I hear things that need some definite intervention and that’s also the role of the president. But I don’t know about those things until I go out and ask,” said Valentine.

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