Two meetings at Lee College, including one where a finalist was to be named to be the next college president, were canceled due to Tropical Depression Imelda. 

College board members had gone over 88 applications to find a replacement for President Dr. Dennis Brown, who is retiring in January, and were set to vote on a finalist Thursday, but the rains from Imelda caused them to cancel the meeting and reschedule it. 

Leslie Gallagher, executive assistant to Brown, said they plan to reschedule the meetings for sometime next week.  

The college board had whittled the candidates down to four. They are Dr. Stephen W. Dunnivant, Dean of Business, Industry and Technology at Tallahassee Community College; Dr. Johnny Moore, president of Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont, WV; Dr. Scott Scarborough. Professor of Practice – School of Accountancy at the University of Akron and previous University of Akron president; and Dr. Lynda Villanueva, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs at Brazosport College.

After a finalist is named, a 21-day waiting period begins. During this time, contract details such as salary and length are worked out. The finalization of the new president approval was set to take place in mid-October. 

The board was also set to hold a public hearing on adopting its proposed new tax rate, which is two pennies lower than the former rate. The new proposed rate is $0.2301 of $100 per valuation. Regent Mark Hall has described the meeting as a “formality.” 

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