Posted at 9:45 p.m. Feb. 9, 2011.

Two finalists chosen for interim president

Miles LaRowe Bob Cox Miles LaRowe, top, and Bob Cox at their public forums during their interviews for interim president Jan. 25 amd Jan. 27.

The Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees have decided to interview the two remaining candidates for interim president on Feb. 19.

The trustees will conduct interviews at Poor Richard's restaurant over lunch and dinner. The candidates will choose what time they prefer to conduct their interviews.

In an e-mail to the campus community, the trustees' chair Brenda Lyttle announced the interim presidential search was narrowed to two candidates who are both former LCCC employees.

Dr. Miles LaRowe and Bob Cox will be invited to a second interview. Both candidates were interviewed in open meetings Jan. 25 and 27; however, the second round of interviews will not be open to the public "due to the candid nature of the questions which will be posed to the candidates," Lyttle said.

At the board meeting on Feb. 9, Lyttle said the trustees will allow for the public to send suggestions for questions to ask the candidates during the opened interviews.

At the Jan. 25 open interviews, Bob Cox, a retired LCCC vice president of business services, recalled his involvement in a reduction in force that took place in the '90s.

During his interview, he said he would like the job because of his experience dealing with tough issues at LCCC. He referred specifically to a time when it was necessary to cut positions that made it possible to renovate facilities.

At the Jan. 27 open interviews, Miles LaRowe, a former president of Eastern Idaho Technical College and Northwest College, shared his experiences in handling conflict with employees and his views on the roles of an interim president.

Afterward Lyttle thanked the community for its involvement in the interview process. "The board is highly appreciative of your [the public's] participation and input," she said.

The trustees interviewed six candidates for an interim president to replace former president Dr. Darrel Hammon, who resigned in December 2010.

The other four were Laura Driscoll, dean of continuing education and community partnerships, Casper College; Michael Walters, retired LCCC vice president of information technology; Barry Dahl, vice president of technology and connect e-campus at Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minn.; and Dr. Howard Major, retired LCCC dean of arts and humanities.

Click here for Bob Cox's bio.

Click here for Bob Cox's interview story.

Click here for Miles LaRowe's bio.

Click here for Miles LaRowe's interview story.