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3 candidates for president of Las Positas College to speak on campus today

Public forum is part of college's process of choosing top administrator

Three candidates for the position of president of Las Positas College will make public appearances today in open forums as part of the college's process of selecting a new leader.

The "President Candidate Forum," which is open to the public, will start at 2 p.m. in the Barbara F. Mertes Center for the Arts, 300 Campus Hill Drive.

The candidates, all with doctoral degrees and chosen as finalists by structured faculty and college board committees, will speak for 45 minutes each, including a question and answer session. When they're finished, those in the audience will be asked to fill out cards giving their opinions on each of the candidates.

The Chabot-Las Positas College board of will make the final decision.

First up on today's speaking schedule is Barry Russell, from 2-2:45 p.m., followed by Christopher Villa, from 3-3:45 p.m., and then Pamela Walker, from 4-4:45 p.m.

Barry Russell is vice chancellor of Academic Affairs in the California Community Colleges' chancellor's office in Sacramento. Appointed to the post by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009, his office provides leadership and technical assistance in the areas of academic planning, academic support programs, program approval, and the review of degrees and certificates.

Earlier, he held administrative positions at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif., Cerritos College in Norwalk, and Southwestern College in Chula Vista. Before that, he held positions at Central Texas Tech Prep Consortium, and Paris (Texas) Junior College.

He received his doctorate in Educational Administration from the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin and also holds a degree in music from Texas A&M University.

Christopher Villa is vice president of Student Services at Fresno City College. Earlier he held student services posts at Long Beach City College, California State University/Northridge and at College of the Canyons.

He is a member of the California Community College Chancellor's Office advisory group on student mental health, and has served on several evaluation teams for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

He received a bachelor's degree in Social Ecology from UC Irvine, a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah.

Pamela Walker currently serves as vice president of Student Services at American River College in Sacramento. She also was the dean of Physical Education and Athletics at Cerritos College, as well as serving as the college's dean of Admissions and Records.

Earlier, she was associate director for the Commission on Athletics, overseeing all collegiate athletics at community colleges in the state.

She received her doctorate in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco, and also holds a Master's degree in Education from Cal State University in Sacramento and a bachelor's in Physical Education from Eastern Oregon State College.

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