MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees on Monday moved one step closer to naming the college’s next president. In November, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough announced his intention to retire on March 31, 2014.
Four board members—chair Gary Clark, Gina Stuart, Danny Ryals and Tommy Lassman—volunteered to serve on a search committee which met Dec. 9 to evaluate internal candidates. The committee agreed to recommend Chipola Executive Vice President Dr. Jason Hurst to the board as Prough’s successor. Dr. Bryan Craven, Chipola Director of Public Relations, was the only other internal candidate.
Board chair Gary Clark said, “The committee was very impressed with both candidates. Clark said he will submit the committee’s recommendation of Dr. Hurst for the president’s job at a special called meeting of the full Board of Trustees set for Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m., in the Public Service Building Board room.
College attorney Jeff Goodman outlined the board’s three options at the Nov. 19 board meeting. The board may vote to: name a president; name an acting president; or form a larger search committee to solicit applications from outside the college.
Dr. Jason Hurst came to Chipola in November 2011 as Vice-President of Baccalaureate and Workforce Development. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2013.
Prior to coming Chipola, Hurst served as Vice President for Workforce Education and Academic Support at Pensacola State College from July of 2010 to November 2011. He served Central Alabama Community College as the director of Workforce Development and director of the Talladega Center. Prior to that he served as the Assistant Dean of Workforce Development at Gadsden State Community College.
Dr. Hurst earned a doctorate from Mississippi State University in 2008, a Master of Education from Auburn University in 1999 and a Bachelor of Education from Athens State University in 1997.