Colorado Mountain College leader named finalist for positions outside Colorado |

Colorado Mountain College leader named finalist for positions outside Colorado

Instructor Rebecca Potter leads a discussion in her Ethnic Literature course at the Colorado Mountain College campus in Steamboat Springs on Monday afternoon.
Brian Ray

— Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus leader Dr. Peter Perhac was named as a finalist for president positions at two colleges outside Colorado in March, but he said he won’t be taking either position and hasn’t applied elsewhere.

Perhac was first named one of five finalists for president of Cerritos College in Norwalk, California, a 23,000-student campus in Los Angeles County, but he didn’t advance as one of the top two candidates for the position.

He was also named one of five finalists for president of Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York, which serves about 23,000 general education and 15,000 continuing and professional education students each year.

Although the college has not narrowed its candidate field or named a selection for president, Perhac said Monday he had withdrawn as a finalist.

“I decided Nassau was not the right fit,” Perhac said.

Perhac said he was contacted by search consultants and asked to apply for each position and said he hasn’t applied for any other positions and isn’t actively looking.

Because of his 45 years of experience in the education field, Perhac said he’s made numerous contacts and it’s not uncommon for search committees to seek out candidates who aren’t actively looking.

“They solicit, they call you and they ask you,” Perhac said. “They put an ad in the paper, but long before that, they’re contacting people that aren’t actively looking.”

Perhac joined CMC in December 2008 as chief executive officer of Steamboat’s Alpine Campus.

Perhac remains the highest-ranking leader at the campus in his current role as vice president.

He was also recently the interim vice president for CMC’s Edwards campus for eight months until a permanent vice president took the helm March 1.

Each CMC campus is run by a vice president and overseen by CMC President Carrie Besnette Hauser.

Perhac said he hasn’t applied for any other positions this year.

“The grass is not always greener on the other side,” Perhac said. “I’ll continue to complete my time at CMC. I’ve been here for seven years, and I enjoy working here.”

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