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WCCC expected to name president

Paul Peirce
| Thursday, June 9, 2005

Westmoreland County Community College's board of trustees is expected to a tap a veteran educator from a neighboring university when it formally hires a new president June 22.

Trustees at the Hempfield Township-based college are in the process of finalizing a contract with Dr. Steven C. Ender, an administrator at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, to succeed retiring President Dr. Daniel C. Krezenski, according to sources on the school's special selection committee.

The selection committee recently recommended that trustees hire Ender from among three potential finalists.

"I have interviewed with both the search committee and trustees, but I have not formally been offered the position ... that has to be done by the college's board of trustees. I will tell you that I'm very excited about the opportunity there, if it is offered," Ender said. "The college has excellent facilities. I really don't feel comfortable discussing it anymore (until trustees formally act)."

Ender, 55, has been associated with IUP for more than two decades, most recently serving as executive deputy to that university's president, Tony Atwater. As executive deputy, Ender has worked with Atwater's staff in managing the administration office, supervising work on the university's budget, planning and institutional research.

WCCC trustee Chairman Chris Kerr yesterday declined to confirm or deny that Ender is the preferred candidate of the college's special 10-member presidential search committee.

"The only comment I can make is that a decision will be officially acted on at the trustees' next meeting June 22. Personnel matters are confidential until the board takes final action," Kerr said.

However, sources said the committee recently completed interviews with three finalists who also included a male retired educator from Community College of Allegheny County and a female college administrator from North Carolina.

The sources said that Ender initially did not apply to fill Krezenski's vacancy but was approached by WCCC hiring consultant Boyden Global Executive Search, of Birmingham, Mich., which assisted with the search. Boyden received $35,000, plus expenses, to assist in conducting a search for Krezenski's successor.

Krezenski, who earns $135,000 a year, in August reached a $70,000 consulting pact with trustees to remain available from July to September this year. During his 19-year tenure as president, enrollment has increased from 3,000 to 6,500 students, and the school has expanded from one facility outside of the campus near Youngwood to eight locations, including branches in Westmoreland, Fayette, Indiana, Washington and Greene counties.

Ender has worked as an administrator and faculty member at IUP during his career there. He served as assistant vice president for student affairs and interim vice president for student affairs and as chairperson of the University Senate from 1992 to 1994. He also served as executive on loan to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, where he worked as director of social equity from 1999 to 2000.

Prior to coming to IUP, Ender served on the faculty at the University of Georgia and Kansas State University. He is the author of several books.

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