Wyoming administrator tapped as new Reedley College president

The Fresno BeeJune 5, 2013 

A Wyoming educator who got her start as a college student at a rural community college has been named president of Reedley College.

State Center Community College District trustees on Tuesday chose Sandra Caldwell, associate vice president for planning and improvement at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, after a three month search. She will start on July 1. Her annual salary will be $180,000.

The appointment comes 11 months after former Reedley College President Mitjl Capet resigned over a contract disagreement. He stepped down after less than a year on the job.

Michael White, who was vice president of student services and the college's former football coach, has been serving as interim president. White applied for the permanent position but was not picked as a finalist.

Caldwell previously was associate vice president for student learning at Western Wyoming. She was the quality assurance and institutional effectiveness chairwoman and mathematics coordinator at Paris Junior College in Texas for six years. Caldwell has also been a curriculum coordinator and a mathematics instructor.

According to a news release from State Center, Caldwell also has worked in the private sector and has operated a cow-calf ranching operation.

The other finalists were Chris Villa, vice president of student services at Fresno City College, and Kimberly Beatty, associate vice chancellor for student success at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6412, hfurfaro@fresnobee.com or @hannahfurfaro on Twitter.

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