Palomar College board closes search for position

SAN MARCOS — The Palomar College Governing Board released a statement on Thursday saying the board has taken an action item to close its search for the new superintendent/president position.

In closing the search, the board unanimously agreed to close the current search process and re-open with a new search in the near future, the statement read.

The five-member board was deciding between Lynn Neault and Gregory Anderson, who emerged as the finalists to replace longtime president Robert P. Deegan, who retired in June.

The nearly yearlong job search attracted nearly 100 candidates across the country.

The Nov. 17 board member included one item: a closed session discussion on public employment, president/superintendent.

Board members interviewed the candidates two weeks ago, and also have the transcripts of the public question-and-answer sessions each candidate had on Nov. 6, during which Neault and Anderson fielded questions from nearly 70 people.

At the event, Neault, a vice chancellor with the San Diego Community College District, touted her experience, local and statewide educational connections and her personal life experience as a single mother — which she says mirrors the experience of many within Palomar’s student body — while Anderson, the vice president of instruction at Canada College in Redwood City, highlighted his diverse background as both a teacher and administrator, his world travels and his commitment to diversity.

Adrian Gonzales, who has been filling the position on an interim basis, will continue in that role while the search continues.

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