Southeast Arkansas College has selected four finalists in its search for a new president.


Southeast Arkansas College President Stephen Hilterbran plans to retire on Dec. 31, 2017. Hired in 2011, Hilterbran earns about $181,863 per year and is not involved in the search for his successor.


The college began a search in the summer for Hilterbran’s successor by contracting with the Association of Community College Trustees to build a profile to attract candidates. The college released the following statement to identify the four finalists.Kaleybra Morehead, Ed.D., is the vice president for academic affairs and institutional effectiveness coordinator at Southeast Arkansas College. She was previously the vice president for academic affairs/college affairs at Southeast Arkansas College. She earned a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a masters of public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.Steven Bloomberg, M.Ed., is the executive vice president at Oklahoma City Community College in Oklahoma. He used to be the vice president for community development at Oklahoma City Community College. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from the University of LaVerne in California, a master’s in education from West Texas A&M University in Texas, and is currently finishing his doctorate in higher education leadership from the American College of Education in Indiana.Paul Hutchins, Ed.D., is the president of Sampson Community College in North Carolina. He used to be the dean of educational centers and economic development at Santa Fe College in Florida. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in education from the University of Florida, a master of arts degree in adult education from the University of South Florida and a doctorate of higher education administration from the University of Florida.Marlon Mitchell, Ph.D., is the campus president for Ivy Tech Community College, Gary Campus in Indiana. He used to be the regional dean for Indiana Wesleyan University in Indiana. He received a bachelor of science in computer information systems from Indiana University in Indiana, a master of science in instructional systems technology from Indiana University, and a doctor of philosophy in instructional systems technology from Indiana University.


“We were able to recruit a highly competitive and strong pool of candidates from throughout the state, region and nation,” the college said via email. “Your contribution to the many accomplishments at SEARK was instrumental in attracting highly competitive candidates.”


The Pine Bluff Commercial submitted a Freedom of Information Act request Wednesday, Oct. 25, to SEARK College Board Chairman Paul Bennett seeking access to applications for all of the people who have applied to be the college president. Bennett, who said 58 applications were received for the president’s position, has vowed to comply with the newspaper’s request.


Bennett said the ACCT representatives mailed the applications on Monday from Washington, D.C., and that the applications are scheduled to arrive in Pine Bluff on Wednesday morning. Bennett said he will make the applications available to this newspaper to review.


The college invites the public to meet the candidates at the following times.


Monday, Nov. 6, 2017


Dr. Marlon Mitchell:


3-4 p.m. Meet the Candidate – Welcome Center Training Room No. 839


Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017


Dr. Kaleybra Morehead:


3-4 p.m. Meet the Candidate – Welcome Center Training Room No. 839


Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017


Mr. Steven Bloomberg:


3:30-4:30 p.m. Meet the Candidate - Welcome Center Training Room No. 839Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017


Dr. Paul Hutchins:


8:30-9:30 a.m. Meet the Candidate – Welcome Center Training Room No. 839


The college welcomes citizens to ask questions or give suggestions by contacting ACCT Search Consultants:Narcisa Polonio, Ed.D., Executive Vice President for Education, Research and Board Leadership Services, narcisa_polonio@acct.org, 202-276-1983 (mobile)Julie Golder, J.D, Board Services Coordinator, jgolder@acct.org, 202-384-5816 (mobile)


“Each presidential finalist will participate in an open forum,” the college said via email.


“We invite and encourage everyone to attend all of the open forums. These forums are open to faculty, administrators, staff, students and the general public. There will be a brief introduction of each candidate followed by a question and answer session. Feedback forms will be given to all who attend and the completed forms will be collected at the end of each forum and given to the Board of Trustees for review.”