The Lone Star College System board of trustees is beginning its search for a new chancellor. Chancellor Stephen Head announced his retirement in January opening the position for the first time in eight years.

According to a presentation given during an April 6 board meeting, the Employee Search Advisory Committee will begin training and orientation on April 11 to discuss the search process.

In a previous report by Community Impact, Head said he gave his notice early to give the board plenty of time to conduct the search for his replacement.

"I am very proud of what we have accomplished and have watched the college evolve into one of the premier community colleges in the country," he said in an earlier statement. "Serving eight years as chancellor at Lone Star College is without a doubt the most rewarding job I have ever had."

According to the presentation April 6, the search committee will select seven to eight confidential semi-finalists to replace Head by June 8. From June 21-22, the board will select three to four unranked finalists to present to the board for consideration.

Final candidates will interview with the board, tour the college, participate in open forums and meet with constituent groups during the first week of July. The start date for the next chancellor will be Aug. 21, according to the presentation.

Head will retire Aug. 1.

John Burghduff, president of the American Federation of Teachers-Lone Star College, said he conducted an employee survey between February and March regarding the chancellor search. The survey garnered 668 responses.

Teachers voted that a chancellor should have 11-plus years of experience teaching at the university level, between four and six years at a previous position, demonstrate integrity and transparency, maintain relations with employees, and ensure fair practice during the hiring process.

Trustees will hold a special meeting to approve the chancellor search profile April 12.