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Trustees Recommend John Cook as Next STCC President

SPRINGFIELD — On Monday, the Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) board of trustees recommended John Cook, vice president of Academic Affairs at Manchester Community College in New Hampshire, to succeed the retiring Ira Rubenzahl as STCC president. The state Board of Higher Education will vote on Cook’s selection in June.

Before his role at Manchester Community College, Cook served as assistant dean of faculty for Granite State College in New Hampshire. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., a master’s degree in community/social psychology from UMass Lowell, and a doctorate of philosophy in education (curriculum and instruction) from the University of New Hampshire.

After a national search that drew 40 applicants, Christopher Johnson, chairman of the STCC board of trustees and the 13-member presidential search committee, announced last week that four finalists were being considered to succeed Rubenzahl, who is retiring in June after 12 years at the helm.

Those finalists included Cook; Laura Douglas, provost of Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa; Kim McGinnis, dean of students for Miami Dade College Medical Campus in Miami, Fla.; and Julie White, interim provost, senior vice president, and vice president, student engagement and learning support for Onondaga Community College in New York.

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