Klincar sought for St. Louis Community College chancellor position

UPDATED: April 7 at 9:20 a.m.

Klincar has full slate of meetings Thursday, April 7, 2011 at STLCC.

He will visit different campuses, meet with students, faculty and the chancellor search committee.

Updates on the chancellor search will be posted to the STLCC website.

UPDATED: April 4 at 9:15 a.m.

STLCC faculty, staff and the community will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the chancellor finalists in open public forums at all campuses and the college TMs administrative center April 6-7.

The three candidates are Myrtle E.B. Dorsey, chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College; Thomas Klincar, president of John Wood Community College; and Marcia Pfeiffer, president of STLCC TMs Florissant Valley campus.

Current STLCC Chancellor Zelema Harris is retiring June 30. She has served as the college TMs CEO since August 2007.

The public forums for John Wood Community College president Thomas Klincar will be held Thursday, April 7:

Thomas Klincar: 8:30-9:20 a.m., Meramec campus, location TBD; 10-10:50 a.m., Florissant Valley, location TBD; 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Cosand Center, fifth floor board room; 1:45-2:35 p.m., Forest Park, Room L-024; and 3:30-4:20 p.m., Wildwood, location TBD.

The Florissant Valley campus is located at 3400 Pershall Road in Ferguson; Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave. in St. Louis City; Meramec, 11333 Big Bend Road in Kirkwood; Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive in Wildwood; and the Cosand Center, 300 S. Broadway across from Busch Stadium.

For more information about the chancellor search, click here .


UPDATED: April 1 at 4:50 p.m.

The President of John Wood Community College in Quincy could be moving a little south of the Tri-States.

Dr. Thomas Klincar is one of three finalists for the top job at a community college in the St. Louis area.

KHQA spoke to Klincar about the job possibility today.

He told me he'd heard about the job a few weeks ago, thought about it, then put it out of his mind.

However his mentor nominated him and St. Louis Community College's search consultant encouraged him to apply, so he did.

Klincar still considers himself a long shot for that job.

Dr. Thomas Klincar says, "St. Louis is not looking for somebody who's running from a failing college. John Wood Community College is strong. We have added more programs and opportunities than we ever had in our history. That's part of the reason they are looking at me today."

Dr. Klincar says John Wood Community College has a strong leadership team, and if he leaves, he knows the college will continue successfully.

Klincar and his wife are both from the St. Louis area and still have family there including grandkids and siblings.

John Wood Community College tells KHQA in a press release that President Tom Klincar has been sought to compete for the position of chancellor for the St. Louis Community College (STLCC) district.

St. Louis Community College is the largest community college system in Missouri and one of the largest in the United States. The chancellor serves as the chief executive officer of a multi-campus district with four campuses and three education centers. The system employs 3,823 faculty and staff who serve a diverse student body of more than 90,000 students.

Klincar was nominated as a candidate by Dr. Antonio Perez , president of Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York and encouraged to apply for the position by Dr. Narcisa Polonio , vice president for research, education and board leadership services at the Association of Community College Trustees in Washington DC. Dr. Polonio is consultant to the STLCC chancellor search. Dr. Klincar recently learned he is one of three finalists for the position.

I TMm honored that others have considered me worthy of being nominated and encouraged my candidacy for this one-time unique opportunity, Klincar said. My wife Debbie and I love this area, but we also have roots and grandchildren around St. Louis, so I felt that I should explore this position.

Klincar added that while he is a finalist, the competition is formidable and he may not be chosen as the next St. Louis Community College district chancellor. If he is not selected, he plans to continue his post at JWCC for a long time.

I love JWCC and this community, he said. In life we all have opportunities that come our way. If this particular job is not to be for me, I hope to continue to lead our wonderful community college for many years to come.

Dr. Thomas Klincar joined JWCC on August 1, 2008, as the College TMs fourth president.

Prior to assuming the presidency of JWCC in August, 2008, Klincar spent 28 years as a military officer in the United States Air Force, retiring as a full colonel in July, 2008. His prior positions included service as the commander (chancellor), College for Enlisted Professional Military Education, United States Air Force (USAF), 2007-08; commandant (president), Community College of the Air Force, 2005-07; dean of academics, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) School, 2003-05; director, Doctrine and Policy Division, Air Mobility Command, USAF, 2000-03; special assistant to NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, 1999-2000; fellowship, Ohio State University, 1998-99; assistant professor, English Department, Curriculum Committee, United States Air Force Academy, 1988-90; technical training instructor, USAF, 1981-84.

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