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More than a year after former president Jean Floten left Bellevue College to head Western Governors University-Washington, the Bellevue College trustees have named four finalists for the job of  president.

The candidates include the provost of a large research university in Detroit, two college presidents from California and one from the Portland area.  The candidates will participate in public forums starting Oct. 22.

They are:

  • Ronald T. Brown, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit. The university has 13 colleges and schools, and is one of the region’s largest employers, contributing more than $3 billion to the economy each year. Brown was previously dean of the College of Health Professions and Social Work, as well as interim dean of the School of Dentistry, at Temple University in Philadelphia. His research and publications focus on clinical and pediatric psychology.
  • Terrence J. Burgess, president of San Diego City College since 2001. Burgess also served as the president of Chabot College in Hayward, California, from 1998 to 2001, and as vice-president of instruction at Irvine Valley College in Irvine from 1986 to 1997, which included one year of service as interim president.
  • Jack E. Daniels III, president of Los Angeles Southwest College. Daniels has been a champion of a program called “learner-centered” colleges, in which decisions are made based on the impact on students. He has helped create a comprehensive, data-driven basic skills program.  In 2010, LASC became a college in the “Achieving the Dream initiative, which has a focus of improving success for students for color.
  • David L. Rule, president of the Rock Creek campus of Portland Community College in Oregon.  The college has  26,000 students and a working farm, and is near businesses such as Intel, Columbia Sportswear, Solar World, and Nike’s world headquarters. One of Rule’s jobs is to oversee the implementation of a $53 million bond measure, which is paying for projects at Rock Creek.  Rule was formerly president of  Muskegon Community College in Michigan, where he made a variety of changes in technology, strategic and academic planning.

The four forums will  take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Carlson Theater —  Brown’s on Oct. 22; Rule’s on Oct. 23; Daniels’s on Oct. 24 and Burgess’s on Oct. 25.

Full biographies of the candidates can be found on the college’s presidential search website.