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Search begins for new leader for Cuesta College

The search for Cuesta College’s new interim leader is on, school officials said Tuesday, and they hope to have someone before current President David Pelham steps down at the end of December.

Pelham this week notified faculty, staff and the school’s Board of Trustees that he’s resigning from his post to direct a college in Abu Dhabi, a city in the United Arab Emirates along the Persian Gulf. The name of the college hasn’t been revealed.

The board hopes to approve the hiring of the interim president at its Jan. 6 board meeting, said Stephan Gunsaulus, the college’s media and marketing director. Salary will be based on negotiations between the candidate and the board, he said.

An interim president could serve up to a year, Gunsaulus said.

-- An updated story will be posted to SanLuisObispo.com Wednesday. Complete coverage will be in The Tribune.

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