“JCCC confirms interim choice”

The following article appeared in The Kansas City Star.

“JCCC confirms interim choice”
The Kansas City Star
June 16, 2006

Larry Tyree will begin work as the interim president of Johnson County Community College on July 5. The school’s trustees approved his hiring in a 5-1 vote Thursday afternoon.

Tyree, of Sarasota, Fla., will be paid $18,833.33 a month. The college will also reimburse him for reasonable expenses and provide an automobile, laptop computer and cell phone. His contract is month to month.

Trustee Ben Hodge voted against the contract, saying he welcomed Tyree but thought the college could have saved money by hiring local candidate Bill Eddy.

Trustee Lynn Mitchelson said checks of Tyree’s references earned him universal praise for his service as the CEO of community colleges.

In 2002, Tyree was interim leader at a community college in Kentucky. Earlier he held leadership posts at several institutions in the South.

Mike Martin, a Faculty Association officer, praised the selection.

“I m personally elated,” he said. “He has the experience, background and vitality to both stabilize the institution and maintain, possibly even elevate, our national profile.”

Trustees also took an initial step in their search for a permanent president to replace Charles J. Carlsen, who retired suddenly in April.

They identified two search firms that will be asked to make presentations at the board’s meeting in July. The consultants are Hockaday-Hunter & Associates in North Carolina and David Ponitz, president emeritus of a community college in Ohio.

In other business, board chairwoman Elaine Perilla asked that her name not be on the slate of board officers to be elected in July. She has led the board since 1997.

Perilla appointed trustees Jon Stewart and Shirley Brown-VanArsdale to the board nominating committee.