By Sarah Johnson

Missourian Staff Writer

East Central College will narrow its search for a vice president of external relations next week.

The search committee met this week with ECC President Jon Bauer Wednesday to review nearly 40 applicants for the position.

Committee members will present Bauer with their top five candidates at a meeting Thursday.

The vice president of external relations is a new position at ECC. The person hired will be responsible for establishing and enhancing the college’s relationships with external constituencies.

Other duties include marketing, overseeing the college website, administering grants and the array of noncredit offerings.

The vice president of external relations will supervise the public relations department, web development, Center for Workforce Development, grants coordinator and administrative assistant.

The new position came about last spring when the staffing plan for Fiscal Year 2014 was put together.

It will replace the position of vice president of career and outreach education, which had been vacant for several months and was eliminated.

That position was restructured as vice president of external relations. However, some functions of that now defunct vice president position remain in the new position, such as overseeing Center for Workforce Development and grants.

The career and outreach vice president directed the off-campus facilities in Rolla, Sullivan, Warrenton and Washington. Those sites will now report to the vice president of curriculum and instruction.

The other big part of the former vice president position was directing career and technical education programs, such as industrial engineering technology, precision machine technology and welding. Those programs are now housed in the appropriate academic divisions, so that all instructional programs and faculty will report to a division chair and then to the vice president of curriculum and instruction.

Bauer said he expects to interview three or four finalists and plans to have a recommendation for the board later this fall.

“I’m pleased with the pool of applicants and am confident we will be able to find a strong candidate for this new position, perhaps as soon as the October board meeting,” Bauer said.