Monterey Peninsula College

The search for Monterey Peninsula College’s next president has produced two finalists: Denise King, currently a vice president at a community college in Tennessee, and Arturo Reyes, the president of Mendocino College in Ukiah.

A committee, led by Loren Steck of the Monterey Peninsula College Board of Trustees, screened a “large” pool of applicants and selected the two veteran community college administrators for further consideration, according to a statement released by the college on May 9.

The full board of trustees will interview King and Reyes on May 20-21. Students, staff, faculty and members of the public are invited to attend meet-and-greet events with the two candidates on campus in Lecture Forum 103. Reyes will be present on Monday, May 20 from 12:45-1:45pm and King will appear the following day at the same time.

The outgoing president/superintendent of MPC, Walter Tribley, quit his post earlier this year and accepted a position as the president of Northern Wyoming Community College District. Tribley had announced his plans to leave MPC last June.

Tribley’s tenure has been rocked by disputes with faculty who worked for several years without a contract. He also saw the school’s accreditation put on probation, prompting efforts—ultimately successful—to get accreditation restored and reaffirmed through 2023.

With the college’s academic standing shored up, the next president will likely focus on mending the relationship with faculty.

King is currently serving as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, Tennessee. In her previous roles, she worked for community colleges in Missouri and Washington. King holds a doctoral degree in drama and humanities from Stanford.

Prior to heading Mendocino College, Reyes served as administrative positions at Solano College, San Jose City College and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento. His educational background includes a doctorate in educational leadership from UC Davis.

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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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