Norwalk : New Hunt for College VP

The Cerritos College Board of Trustees, which has had problems filling the position of vice president of instructional services, has decided to reject seven finalists for the job and begin a new search.

The seven-member board Tuesday voted unanimously to start the process anew by re-advertising for the job.

Manuel G. Rivera, vice president of academic affairs at San Antonio College in Texas, accepted the job July 2 but informed college officials the next day that he had changed his mind and decided to accept the position of president of San Bernardino Valley College.

The decision by Rivera not only left the 18,000-student campus in Norwalk searching to fill the vice president's job but revived a dispute between trustees and a faculty selection committee. The faculty panel maintains that its recommendations were ignored when the board hired Rivera.

All of the previous applicants can reapply, a spokesman for the college said.

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