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Veteran administrator from Detroit first of four finalists for ECC post

A former vice chancellor of the Wayne County Community College District in Detroit is among the four finalists for the top job at Erie Community College.

George W. Swan III, who spent 28 years in a variety of roles for the five-campus system, will give a presentation and answer questions at a forum from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in room B207 on the North Campus in Amherst. The session is open to the public.

He will be the first finalist to appear at ECC.

The three other ECC president finalists are scheduled to appear at forums on Friday in Gillette Auditorium of the City Campus, on Monday in room 5101 on the South Campus in Orchard Park and next Tuesday in room B207 of North Campus. All of the sessions are scheduled for 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

George W. Swan III is one of four finalists who could become the 11th president of Erie Community College.

The other finalists' names will be released on the ECC website 24 hours in advance of each candidate's forum.

The ECC board has scheduled a special meeting on June 7 to select the college's 11th president from among the finalists.

Swan started at the Wayne County Community College District in 1987 as assistant to the executive dean and director of community relations. He was appointed president of the district's Eastern Campus in 2001 and was named district vice chancellor for curriculum, planning and accountability in 2007. He also served from 2010 to 2015 as vice chancellor for external affairs. He also was the interim chief academic officer for the system for nearly a year in 2015.

Wayne County Community College District had an enrolled headcount of 23,795 students in 2014-15, according to the most recent federal data. Most of the students attending the district's five campuses are part time.

Swan has spent a decade as a peer reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission, an accrediting agency for colleges and universities in the Midwest. He was one of three finalists in 2016 to become president of Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua. The college ultimately named Robert K. Nye to the post.

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