Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007 • Cissell named semi-finalist for Alabama community college job

Dr. Homer Cissell, president and superintendent of Lassen Community College, was named one of five semi-finalists for the president’s position at Snead State Community College.

The school is located in Boaz, Ala., about an hour from both Huntsville and Birmingham.

According to the Sand Mountain Reporter, 59 candidates applied for the position.

In addition to Cissell, the five semi-finalists include Allen B. Champion, Stephen B. Franks, Stephen Hilterbran and Amelia R. Pearson.

Champion currently serves as the vice-president of Snead State Community College.

The five semi-finalists are expected on campus on Tuesday, Feb. 6, for a reception with the public and a dinner. The search committee will narrow the field to three candidates on Wednesday, Feb. 7, and on Thursday, Feb. 8, the interim chancellor will meet the five semi-finalists and recommend one candidate to the Alabama State Board of Education or abandon the search.

“I’m very gratified that another college has recognized my experience and expertise in the field of administration,” Cissell said. “However, it is premature to say anything else since we’re still at the semi-final stage.”

The college, which opened in 1898 at the Boaz Seminary, is the oldest college in the Alabama college system to award associate degrees.

In 1935, Snead State College was chartered by the state of Alabama and began operation as a junior college.

In 1967 it became part of the Alabama two-year college system. In 1992, the state board of education authorized Snead State Junior College to become Snead State Community College.

According to the college’s Web site, enrollment at the school has increased for the past 14 semesters. So far spring semester enrollment is at 2,006 students, but students may sign up for classes through March.

The college enjoys the second largest distance learning education program in the state.