Four men have filed to replace Don Crowley on Gila Community College’s governing board. Gila County Superintendent of Schools Linda O’Dell will appoint someone by mid-February.
Candidates include Tom Loeffler, a one-time teacher and principal who spent the latter part of his career in Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation. He now sits on Payson’s Surface Transportation Advisory Committee and ran for a Payson town council opening.
Contender Al Poskanzer has worked as an educational consultant and now runs Poskanzer and Associates, a company which helps bring university-researched technology to the private sector, among other things.
Ken Volz, the executive director of the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation, has applied, as well as Joseph Gruden.
Gruden has worked in chemical-related businesses for 40 years. He has served on industry-related boards, and managed budgets and expenses. He has also helped to develop exams.
“I’m really looking for a person who is committed to working as a team player to further the interest and potential for the community college,” said O’Dell.
O’Dell, along with her administrative assistant, who has a background in education, are conducting interviews.
After the interview, O’Dell said she will talk with other community college board members, along with college administrators and community members to discern the best candidate.
Interview questions include asking candidates how they would gather information to make decisions, and a broader discussion of what each man’s goal is for GCC, and specifically Payson’s campus.
O’Dell said the board’s historic friction between those representing northern and southern Gila County, despite recent progress, creates a teamwork imperative. Also, today’s economic climate will require someone willing to “roll up their sleeves and look for solutions to whatever challenges present” themselves, O’Dell added.
Crowley resigned last month due to health reasons.