Three veteran educators, including a former administrator at Pierce College, have been named finalists for the post of president of the Woodland Hills campus, and the public will be able to interview them Tuesday. The candidates are: Thomas Anderson, 61, of San Juan Capistrano, vice chancellor of educational services at South Orange Community College District; Robert Garber, 58, of San Diego, vice president of student services at San Diego Miramar College; and Richard McDowell, 67, of Arcadia, vice president for academic planning at the University of La Verne. The Los Angeles Community College District board will make the final selection. “We think the community will find them very interesting,” said Charlotte Doctor, Pierce’s dean of academic affairs, who also served on the selection committee. “Although all are experienced administrators, there’s great diversity in the pool in terms of their backgrounds and what they’ve done.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals One of the three will replace interim President Tom Oliver, who has run the 18,000-student college since January 2004, when President Darroch “Rocky” Young was promoted to senior vice chancellor for the nine-college district in January 2004. Young was named chancellor of the district in May. Prior to his work at San Diego Miramar, an 11,000-student community college that is in the middle of a multimillion-dollar construction bond campaign, Garber worked at Pierce College for 19 years, including five as dean for student services. “I just couldn’t imagine a college with more potential and more excitement that lies ahead for whoever is lucky enough to become the new president,” Garber said. While Garber holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, he said his associate degree from West Los Angeles College changed his life and helped influence his career. McDowell was dean of the school of management and professor at Chapman University in Orange for 10 years before working for the University of La Verne, a four-year college with 8,500 students that offers master’s and doctorate degrees. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in political science from Tufts University. McDowell, who worked on a $25 million fundraising campaign at Chapman in the 1990s, said he applied for the post because he believes community colleges are “where the action is.” “Right now in California, we need to have a large number of people educated at the level of Pierce and above in order to compete in the global economy,” he said. “We need to educate more people and still maintain the high quality we’re capable of maintaining.” Before working for the two-college, 37,000-student South Orange Community College District, Anderson was a consultant with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in Chicago. He also worked as vice president for instruction at Highland (Kan.) Community College. “I’ve known Rocky for several years and I think his vision and my vision (are) similar, and we can move Pierce to the next level,” Anderson said. “I’m a community college graduate, and I wouldn’t be where I am right now if I hadn’t taken the step to go to school.” Anderson has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, a master’s from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a doctorate in higher and adult education from the University of Missouri. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 [email protected] w=18.5IF YOU GO A public forum for the three finalists for Pierce College president will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the campus’s Performing Arts Theater, 6201 Winnetka Ave. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!