The Cuesta College Board of Trustees took action today in closed session to appoint Dr. Gilbert H. Stork as the District’s new Superintendent/President, pending final negotiations and approval of an employment contract, which is anticipated to occur at the December Board of Trustees meeting.

According to Board of Trustees President Patrick Mullen, final contract negotiations will begin right away and the Board of Trustees are optimistic that an agreement will be reached with a contract coming to the Board for approval in December. The selection was announced at November’s Board of Trustees meeting, following several rounds of interviews and a forum introducing the three finalists to the public.

“Cuesta’s presidential selection committee and the Board of Trustees engaged in a rigorous selection process and considered a number of well qualified candidates; however, Dr. Stork emerged as the most qualified candidate to lead the San Luis Obispo Community College District for the foreseeable future. The Board looks forward to Dr. Stork’s leadership and long-term commitment to the success of the College and the students we serve,” Mullen said. “I am confident that Dr. Stork will bring his expert knowledge and experience to respond to the fiscal and regulatory challenges facing the District.”

Dr. Stork has been serving as Cuesta College’s interim superintendent/president since January 2010. He has a longstanding relationship with Cuesta College dating back to 1967. At Cuesta College, he has served as an assistant football coach, mathematics instructor, division chair, associate dean, dean, and assistant superintendent/vice president of student services. He earned his master’s degree in mathematics from Cal Poly and his doctorate in educational administration from Brigham Young University. Additionally, he has served on the board of directors and volunteered for numerous local, non-profit organizations.

Dr. Stork is expected to begin as superintendent/president in January 2012.

Released Nov. 2, 2011