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Search Progress Update April 13, 2015
Three finalists for the Vice President for Academic Affairs position have been chosen. Below, find brief biographies and photos of each candidate. The candidates will be visiting campus and presenting in Health Science #100 on the following dates between 11:15-11:45 a.m. The campus community and public are encouraged to attend.
Dale van Dam - April 27
Brad Tyndall - April 29
Barbara Buchanan - Cancelled
Dale van Dam
Dale van Dam is currently the dean of instruction and site dean at two outreach centers of Folsom Lake College in California. Van Dam graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Utah with BS and MS degrees in geology. After graduating from Utah, he worked two years for the Wyoming State Engineer's Office in Cheyenne as a hydrogeologist. He later worked as a consulting geologist in California and is a registered professional geologist in five western states, including Wyoming. Between 1997 and 2006, van Dam was a professor of Earth Science at American River College in Sacramento, teaching geology, geography, geographic information systems, and field geology classes. Since 2006, van Dam has been the dean at outreach campuses of Folsom Lake College in Placerville and Rancho Cordova and, among other community-oriented activities, is on the board of directors of two local health-care entities and multiple economic development corporations in his local community. He lives in El Dorado, California with his wife and two children.
Dr. Barbara Buchanan
Search candidate Barbara Buchanan has informed us that she has accepted another position and therefore will not be continuing in the CWC search process. Please note that we have canceled Thursday's Open Forum presentation.
Brad Tyndall has worked for community colleges for 19 years, serving as an adjunct faculty, full-time faculty, department chair, campus academic dean and vice president.
Tyndall currently serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs. Previously, he was the Dean of Instruction and Chief Academic Officer at Crowder College in southwest Missouri, where he also served a term as the President of the Missouri Community College Association's Chief Academic Officers Group.
He has a Ph.D. in economics with specializations in Environmental Economics and International Finance. His master's degree is in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; both these degrees are from Colorado State University. Tyndall has a B.S. in Science Journalism from the University of Maryland and has spent time at the Université de Strasbourg in France studying French and at the Sudan Arabic Institute in Khartoum studying Arabic. Before entering the community college world, Tyndall worked a short while in overseas development. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer and a CARE project manager in the Sudan and a Fulbright economist in Kenya. Tyndall loves teaching and has managed to teach about one course per year as an administrator. He also enjoys dabbling in agriculture by way of growing grapes and making wine. He loves stargazing, skiing and fishing. Tyndall is originally from Littleton, Colorado and has spent much time hiking and boating in Wyoming with his family. He is married to Audrey and they have three children, Sophia, Tedla and Jalon.
Search Progress Update March 23, 2015
The search for the next vice president for academic affairs continues to proceed as planned. The committee conducted telephone interviews on Monday, March 16, 2015. The committee has narrowed the list of candidates and the reference check process has commenced. Once the reference check process is completed, the names of the finalists for on-campus interviews will be announced publicly, along with information regarding their backgrounds. The time and date of the public forums for each of the finalists will be announced at the time the finalists are announced. For now, please note that public forums are scheduled to be held the week of April 27, 2015. We hope you will plan to attend the public forums for each candidate.