Thurman Speaks About Opening the MCCCD Chancellor Position to All

On Friday, 04 July 2003, the Arizona Republic wrote that the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) should hire the new Chancellor from within; I disagree.

I support promotion from within, but this is too critical of a period in the history the MCCCD not to do a nationwide search. The Gaskin error gives us a chance to find a leader who will push the MCCCD into the nanoworld of the 21st Century.

The MCCCD chancellor hiring policy contains a defect. Is it safe to assume they are good at learning from their mistakes? Good thing they got that 10.7% tuition increase earlier this year. If the MCCCD was a publicly traded stock, then I suspect it would have entered into the ranks of "low priced" thanks to the Gaskin defect.

I'm not convinced the MCCCD is nano-literate.

Peter Neumann quote: "Expect the Unexpected."

The MCCCD needs to bring in somebody who will take advantage of the opportunities being presented by TGen and ASU. It's all about science. But at the same time, balance is required and the Chancellor can never forget that the middle 'C' in MCCCD stands for Community.

Vinton Cerf authored RFC 3271 that states "The Internet Is For Everyone."

The new Chancellor of the MCCCD must convince us that our Community Colleges are for everyone. Constantly increasing tuition rates makes this a valid concern. Forcing students to learn about debt in order to learn about their passion is not a good solution.

The new Chancellor must swear that the MCCCD will never spam to find students. The Community Colleges become the given when somebody gets the urge to learn. There is no need to spam.

The new Chancellor needs to be computer-literate with a strong understanding of the Power of the Internet.

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Author: G.D.Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 08 Jul 2003

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