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ECC completes on-campus forums for presidential candidates

A dean from the University of Michigan-Dearborn emphasized her experience in handling a range of challenges as a longtime college administrator in making a case on Tuesday to become the 11th president of Erie Community College.

Janine E. Janosky, dean of the university's College of Education, Health and Human Services, described revamping a teacher preparation program at the college after learning that more than half of its graduates were leaving the teaching profession after just four years.

"We were preparing them to teach in a classroom that did not exist," said Janosky. "Our teacher preparation program was not relevant and it was not responsive to what our students needed."

Data since the revamp show that it is working, she added.

Janosky, an accomplished researcher who was vice president of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron before becoming dean in Dearborn, was the last of four finalists to give a public presentation and field questions on campus. Janosky also served as vice provost for research at Central Michigan University from 2007 to 2009. And she spent 24 years at the University of Pittsburgh as a faculty member and in various leadership positions.

Dan Hocoy, associate vice chancellor for advancement in the Antioch University System, gave his presentation on Monday. Hocoy previously was president of Antioch University, Seattle.

The ECC board of trustees will meet on Wednesday to decide on which of the four candidates they will forward to State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher for review. The SUNY Board of Trustees ultimately will appoint the next ECC president.

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