SCC introduces presidential finalists

2011-04-18T16:40:00Z 2011-04-18T16:41:34Z SCC introduces presidential finalistsBy Brian Flinchpaugh > bflinchpaugh@yourjournal.com stltoday.com

Three of the final four vying to become the next president of St. Charles Community College have ties to the St. Louis area.

The candidates are:

• Cliff Davis, M.A., vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the OTC Foundation for Ozarks Technical Community College.

• Richard L. Dawe, Ph.D., president of Ozarka (Ark.) College.

• Maureen Murphy, Ph.D., president of San Jacinto College South in the San Jacinto (Texas) Community College District.

• Joseph M. Sopcich, Ph.D., executive vice president of administrative services at Johnson County (Kan.) Community College.

The college released the finalists' names Monday. SCC's Board of Trustees will interview them between April 26 and May 2. The new president, expected to be named in May, would be the third in SCC's 25-year history.

Davis has served at his positions since 2004. He also was assistant to the vice president for student affairs and assistant to the president and director of government relations at Missouri State University, and was vice president of community relations and director of Leadership Springfield for the Springfield (Mo.) Area Chamber of Commerce. He is pursuing a doctorate of education from Lindenwood University.

Dawe has served as president of Ozarka College since 2009. He previously was a vice chancellor in the Ventura County, Calif., Community College District, is a former dean of work education for College of the Ozarks, and is a former U.S. Navy officer. He has a doctorate in public policy and administration from Saint Louis University, a bachelor of science from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and taught at McKendree College.

Murphy has served as president at San Jacinto College since 2007 and held previous posts at Rappahannock (Va.) Community College and Wytheville (Va.) Community College. She was dean of mathematics and communications at St. Louis Community College-Meramec and taught for 10 years at St. Louis and St. Charles community colleges and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Sopcich served in various posts at Johnson County Community College between 1992 and 2009. He served in development positions with the Chicago Historical Society, Family Focus of Chicago and United Charities of Chicago. He also was an account executive with Leo Burnett Co.

The new president will succeed John McGuire, who plans to retire in September.

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