Valdez named finalist for Kentucky College Presidency

*Feature Photos: With budget cuts and staff layoffs occurring at Central Wyoming College, two of its top administrators are seeking opportunities outside of Wyoming. Here students are pictured outside of the campus Health and Sciences Center. (Pitchengine Communities) * (Florence, KY) - Gateway Community and Technical College announced today the finalists for its vacant president's job includes Dr. Cristobal Valdez, the current president of Central Wyoming College. In an announcement from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Valdez was named as one of three finalists and is scheduled to be on campus in Florence one week from today, on Thursday May 26th, for a morning community forum and a meeting with the college's students, faculty and staff. [image: Inline image 1] *Valdez (CWC) * Other finalists were Anthony Cruse at Sinclair Community College of Dayton, Ohio, and Fernando Figueroa, at the Dallas County Community College District. Cristobal was named CWC's sixth president in April 2014 and began working in mid-July. He's been on the job in Riverton for less than two years. He replaced Dr. JoAnne Y. McFarland, who had been at the helm of the Riverton college for 25 years. When asked about his seeking the Kentucky opportunity, Dr. Valdez declined to comment. Valdez was formerly the president of a community college in Ohio. Florence, KY is just about 2.5 hours south of where he formerly served. The current Vice-President for Administrative Services at CWC, Ron Granger, is also seeking a new opportunity and he has been named a finalist for the job of President of the Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig and Rangely, Colorado. [image: Inline image 2] *Granger (CWC)* CWC is currently dealing with lower budget projects and the college board Wednesday night reluctantly approved a number of early retirements and reductions in force. #county10 #news