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OJC Press Release ID: 2722

Monday, November 20, 2017

Community Forum Scheduled for Input on OJC Presidential Search


A community forum will be held on Dec. 4 to gain input from the Otero Junior College campus and surrounding community on what qualities they would like to see in the next president at Otero Junior College. Following the recent announcement by current president, Jim Rizzuto, of his upcoming retirement a nationwide search for a new president will begin soon.

The Dec. 4 forum will be held from 4-6 p.m. on OJC’s campus in McBride Hall room 137.

Narcisa Polonio, E.D. from Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) will provide search services to assist the Colorado Community College System in its search for a new president of Otero Junior College. Polonio, who is heading up the search, will be facilitating the meeting at OJC.

Otero Junior College is one of 13 colleges that make up the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of CCCS, stated that she is committed to selecting an appropriately qualified and experienced leader for the position of OJC President.

“CCCS recognizes that the needs of OJC are unique and is committed to identifying a well suited individual to serve as president. Listening to the perspective of the campus and communities that surround OJC about what qualities they want to see in their next president will be an important part of the selection process,” said McCallin.

A search committee has been formed and will be in attendance on Dec. 4 to hear the campus and community input.

Jim Rizzuto has served in the role of president for 17 years. During Rizzuto’s tenure the college benefited greatly from his leadership. Some of his major achievements include leading the college in grant writing ventures that resulted in the college becoming the recipient of several multiple million dollar grants for STEM, business, healthcare, and various technical training programs. Other notable highlights include leading the college to become a Hispanic serving institution, developing strong partnerships with 4-year universities to increase transfer opportunities for students, adding several athletic sports, and building and improving infrastructure.

The community is urged to participate in the process of creating the job expectations for OJC’s next president on Dec. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. in McBride Hall, Room 137 on the OJC campus.


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Jim Rizzuto, president of Otero Junior College for the past 17 years will be retiring the end of July 2018. A nationwide search will be launched for his replacement. A campus and community forum will be held on Dec. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. in McBride Hall, Room 137. The forum will allow the campus and community to offer their suggestions on the qualities needed for a new president of OJC.