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In its search for a new president and superintendent, Monterey Peninsula College ran out of time and candidates. 

As of July 1, the school’s current vice president of administrative services, David Martin, will take the helm on an interim basis. His contract allows him to stay on as interim president for as long as two years. 

Martin will be replacing Walter Tribley, who is leaving for the top position at the Northern Wyoming Community College District. 

The board of the Monterey Peninsula College District had tried to find a permanent replacement, a search that culminated last month with the selection of two finalists who were invited to campus for interviews. But one of the candidates, Arturo Reyes, dropped out right before he was set to meet with the campus community and field questions. The other, Denise King, attended her campus meet-and-greet and an interview with the board, but she failed to win board members’ confidence. 

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Meanwhile, Hartnell College is preparing for the retirement in September of President/Superintendent Willard Lewallen. With about two months to go, the school arranged campus forum events with three finalists for the job on June 20. 

The three candidates are Anthony Kinkel, executive director of the Minnesota State Board for School Administrators; Patricia Hsieh, president of San Diego Miramar College; and Peter Maphumulo, executive vice president for instruction and student services at Victor Valley College. 

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Asaf Shalev is a staff writer at the Monterey County Weekly. He covers higher education, the military, the environment, public lands and the geographic areas of Seaside, Monterey, Sand City, Big Sur and Carmel Valley.

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