The finalists are Dr. Brent Bates
, Sedalia, Mo., Dr. Jim Cummins, Neosho, and Dr. Jennifer Methvin, Hope, Ark.
The dates of the public forums are as follows: Cummins at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7; Bates
at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10; and Methvin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Bates currently serves as vice president of education and student support services at State Fair Community College.
has 26 years at Missouri and Kansas community colleges, with the past 14 years in senior administrative roles.
He holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis in community college curriculum, from Kansas State University.