Butler Community College narrows presidential candidates to three

Butler Community College has narrowed the pool of finalists for its presidency to three, the school announced Friday afternoon.

Candidates selected by the school’s board of trustees are Washington College president Charlotte Hatfield; Kimberly Krull, Cloud County Community College vice president for academic affairs; and Ann Valentine, chancellor of Ivy Tech-Wabash Valley, according to a news release from college. The finalists will return to Butler’s El Dorado campus the week of June 10 to speak to the public and answer questions. Two forums will be scheduled per candidate; dates and times are pending.

The board is expected to select a president the following week. The new president will replace Jackie Vietti, who retired in December after 17 years at Butler.

Finalists were selected by a 15-member committee made up of college personnel and business and community leaders. Biographies of each finalist as well as their responses to interview questions will be posted on next week, according to the release.

Butler Community College, based in El Dorado, is the state’s second-largest community college, with nearly 15,000 students. The school offers about 90 degree programs and 30 professional certifications at centers in six Kansas communities.