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College presidency candidates to speak at public forums

Public forums will be held at Madera Community College Center on Tuesday, with the top two candidates vying to be president of the campus.

State Center Community College District used the services of the Association of Community College Trustees to conduct a nationwide search. The process is continuing with background checks on the candidates.

A screening committee reviewed applications and conducted initial interviews.

Public forums will be held so that the college and community can learn more about the candidates and hear their vision for Madera Community College Center from 9-11:15 a.m. in Madera Community College Center Forum Hall (AM-120). The candidates are:

Claudia Lourido-Habib

Forum: 9 to 10 a.m.

Lourido-Habib has been the vice president of Madera and Oakhurst Community College Centers since January 2017. She served as vice president for student services at Reedley College for three years, interim dean of instruction, fine, performing & communication arts, at Fresno City College, interim dean of instruction, agricultural and natural resources, manufacturing and business at Reedley College, and tenured faculty at Fresno City College.

Her industry experience includes interior designer and project manager and architecture drafting. She earned her Ed.D. in education and leadership at Fresno State, her M.S. in instructional technology at National University, her B.A. in interior design from Fresno State, and she completed coursework at CalPoly, San Luis Obispo after transferring from Fresno City College.

Angel Reyna, ABD

Forum: 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Angel Reyna has served as vice president of instruction at Renton Technical College in the state of Washington since December 2015. He served as dean of workforce education at Walla Walla Community College and at Yakima Valley Community College he held the positions of director for workforce education, interim industry coordinator, and ESL adjunct instructor. Mr. Reyna was elected mayor for the City of Mabton, Washington, from 2010-2013 and was a City Council member from 2006-2009. He also worked as a seasonal migrant farm worker for 13 years. He is earning his doctorate in organizational leadership (ABD) at Northeastern University, Seattle campus, he earned his M.A. in educational leadership and B.A. from Washington State University, Pullman.

Candidates will present their visions for the future and answer pre-submitted questions. If time allows, questions from the audience will be addressed.

The deadline to submit questions online is Monday, Feb. 4, at noon. Send questions to HYPERLINK "" Forms will be provided at the event to submit questions if time permits.

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