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NCCC extends search

TICONDEROGA, SARANAC LAKE - North Country Community College trustees may hire a private firm to assist in the search for a new president.

The NCCC Board of Trustees had conducted a nationwide search to replace the former president, Dr. Gail Roger Rice, who retired this summer.

But, after bringing finalists to all three NCCC campuses, the trustees were apparently dissatisfied with any of the candidates. Last month, they declined to offer the job to any of the top four contenders.

North Country Community College's main campus is in Saranac Lake, with satellite campuses in Malone and Ticonderoga.

NCCC Board Chairman John Friedlander wrote a memo to staff informing them of the board's new direction.

"The board of trustees is currently developing plans for the next steps in the presidential search. Plans call for using a search firm in the process," Friedlander wrote. "Various firms are being contacted to determine cost and services provided."

Interim NCCC President Fred Smith said his commitment to serve until a permanent replacement is hired still stands.

"My contract goes to June 1, but the understanding at the outset was that if they were not successful in the search, I would stay until they found a president," he said.

The memo concludes by saying the board expects to select a firm at its Dec. 16 meeting.

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