Public forums for CSI presidential finalists


By KMVT News

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

October 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Location: CSI’s Fine Arts Theater

Event Description

Each of the three finalists for the vacancy in the College of Southern Idaho presidency will get 50 minutes on Oct. 15 to answer questions and tell CSI employees and the public why he should be the next president.

One of the final steps in selecting the president, the public forum will demonstrate how comfortable each candidate is at meeting and discussing issues of importance with future employees and the community. The sessions will begin promptly at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 in CSI’s Fine Arts Theater.

D. Ryan Carstens, currently the Associate Provost for Education and Community Partnerships at Salt Lake Community College, will appear from 2 to 2:50 p.m. Jeff Fox, CSI’s Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, will take the stage from 3 to 3:50 p.m. Daniel J. Bingham, the Chief Executive Officer of Helena College, University of Montana, will speak from 4 to 4:50 p.m.

After brief introductions for each candidate along with his opening statement, each will personally field questions from the audience without the assistance of a moderator. CSI’s Director of Human Services, Monty Arrossa, will be present on the stage to ensure questions to the candidates are legal and appropriate and to ensure that the process is fair and equitable to all three candidates. A timekeeper will ensure that the candidate gives his closing statement on time. There will be a ten-minute break between each session.

To accommodate CSI employees and members of the public who cannot attend the sessions in person or who must come and go without interrupting the proceedings, CSI will provide a live, non-interactive feed of the session at the following locations: Fine Arts 87, Taylor 276/277, Evergreen C95, and Hepworth 139. Those rooms are open to CSI employees and the public.

The entire three-hour forum will also be streamed live online for those who would like to watch from their own computer. That feed can be found at Online audience members will be invited to fill out and submit comment forms until 6 p.m. that evening.

Members of the theater audience will be encouraged to ask questions of each candidate. Microphones will be brought to the audience so each questioner can be heard from where they are sitting. Theater audience members will be provided with cards and pens to write their observations about each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. Comment cards will also be provided at each of the CSI campus viewing locations listed above.

Those who cannot attend the forum but who would like to submit a question ahead of time are encouraged to go to where questions will be collected until 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. The forum host will use those questions if there is a lull in the live audience feedback.

Following the forum, members of the CSI Board of Trustees will be provided with the audience feedback and will also conduct their own private and personal interviews of each candidate. The president will be chosen in a public board meeting, the date and time of which has yet to be announced.
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