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NCC to interview candidates in presidential search

Nassau Community College trustees plan to interview two candidates for the president's job later this month, apparently forging ahead with a presidential search strongly opposed by the state university's chancellor.

The board has called a special meeting for Aug. 22 to begin at 6 p.m. on the 11th floor of the Administrative Tower on the college's campus in Garden City. The meeting was called by the vice chairman, Jorge Gardyn, according to a public notice posted late Friday afternoon.

Trustee Anthony Cornachio, head of the college's presidential search committee, said the plan is to have the candidates meet faculty and staff on Aug. 21 and then interview with the college's board of trustees on Aug. 22.

"Apparently the board of trustees have rethought their position and have joined the position of every faculty and labor organization on campus to continue with the process and interview the candidates," Cornachio said.

The search to replace former NCC president Donald Astrab became a point of contention with some accusing the search committee of favoritism. Then State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher urged the committee to begin a new search. Zimpher said the search was "beyond the point of repair" and she would not approve a candidate from the current search.

David Doyle, a spokesman for Zimpher's office, said Friday the chancellor's position has not changed.

The candidates are Elana Zolfo, 63, of Smithtown, former interim president of Dowling College in Oakdale; and Joyce Ester, 47, of Chicago, president of Kennedy-King College, part of the Chicago city college system. A third candidate, State Supreme Court Justice Anthony Marano, 70, of Valley Stream, withdrew his name from consideration for the job in June.

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