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Clovis Community College President Candidate Chosen

Oct 27, 2022

Greetings colleagues,   

As you know, following Dr. Bennett’s announcement of retirement, the District conducted a national recruitment for a new College President for Clovis Community College. We received a rich and diverse pool of 25 highly qualified applicants across the state and nation. The Selection Advisory Committee was comprised of five Administrators, two Classified Professionals, two faculty members, one student, and one community member. The committee screened the applications and invited 8 candidates for interviews. Following the interviews and comprehensive background checks, 5 candidates moved forward as finalists and were invited to Cabinet interviews, public forums, and final interviews. The District was notified that one candidate was unable to complete this step of the search process. In total, 4 candidates completed the finalist round of interviews.  

It is with great excitement and joy that I share with you that at the November 1, 2022 Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees, I will recommend Dr. Kim E. Armstrong as the chosen candidate for Clovis Community College President.    

Currently, Dr. Kim E. Armstrong is serving as the Vice Chancellor for Student, Equity and Community Affairs at Arkansas State University Three Rivers. She earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Howard University in Physiological/ Neuropsychology. She has postdoctoral training in Electrophysiology from Northwestern Medical School and Developmental Neurobiology from the Beckman Institute for the Advancement of Science at the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign. She recently earned the Strategic Leadership and Management Specialization certifications from the University of Illinois-Coursera.  

Dr. Armstrong has a distinguished record of excellence in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. She currently serves on the Arkansas Community Colleges DEI Taskforce.  She also served as the DEI Chair for the Missouri- Arkansas Regional Kiwanis. While at Black Hawk College, her DEI initiatives received several state and regional recognitions. She also published a chapter “Access and Success for First-Year Students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math” highlighting the significant role community colleges play in preparing underrepresented students to meet the growing STEM workforce demands. 

Due to her esteemed record in student success, the Arkansas Community College Student Success Center, Achieving the Dream and Jobs for the Future selected her to be one of the first 50 nationally certified Student Success/ Guided Pathways Coaches.  Under her leadership, the regional accreditors recognized both Black Hawk College and Arkansas State University Three Rivers for their student success, inclusion and community engagement cultures continual improvement processes and cultures. 

As part of our process, we heard from all college constituency groups and the community. I believe Dr. Armstrong’s experience in cooperative academic research will position us for a promising future. She has demonstrated her commitment to a culture of anti-racism, where respect and inquiry are valued, and has worked to foster student success as well as improve the economic, social, and cultural development the community.  We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to put forward a candidate with her expertise, knowledge and collaborative spirit.  


Dr. Carole Goldsmith