Tom Loeffler, a retired educator, will fill the vacancy on the Gila Community College board, county Superintendent of Schools Linda O’Dell said Thursday.
Four men applied for the seat, which Don Crowley vacated in January for health reasons.
“All four gentlemen were very well qualified,” said O’Dell. “My selection of Tom is based on my assessment that he will be a great team player and he will reach out to the community.”
O’Dell will swear in Loeffler at 10 a.m. on Monday. The next board meeting is Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Loeffler said he wants to help GCC gain full
accreditation and “bridge gaps between all three campuses.”
Gila County cannot operate its own community college because it falls short of legislative thresholds for property valuations and population. GCC operates under the auspices of Eastern Arizona College. Advocates are working to change that.
Loeffler, who also serves on Payson’s Surface Transportation Advisory Board, said community members asked him to apply for the position.
Other candidates included Al Poskanzer, Ken Volz and Joseph Gruden.
Loeffler, who declined to say his age except “retired,” taught junior high school for five years and was a school principal for six years in Wisconsin and Michigan. He has lived in Payson for four years.