Cuesta College trustees picked Gil Stork on Wednesday to become the school’s next president, removing an interim label and making the title permanent.
The board of trustees chose Stork, who was one of three finalists being considered for the job, in a closed session meeting.
Stork’s contract, including his salary, has yet to be determined. Final negotiations and approval of his employment contract are anticipated to be approved by the trustees in December.
“I’m very excited about it,” said Stork of his appointment. “This is a very exciting opportunity to build on the work we’ve been doing for nearly 20 months.”
He said it has been an honor to build a career and impact so many students at one institution. Twelve years ago when he first applied for the position he was denied. Now, to have it offered to him without any expectations is a great honor, he said. With two years as interim president behind him, he knows he is a good fit for the college.
Stork, who is now making $195,000, has led the college since January 2010 on an interim basis. He began his career with the college 43 years ago when he was recruited as an assistant football coach and physical education instructor. He later taught mathematics, filled two dean positions and served as the vice president of student services for 14 years.
Patrick Mullen, board president, said in a news release issued Wednesday that final contract negotiations will begin immediately and he is optimistic that an agreement will be reached that the board can approve.The salary range for the position is $185,000 to $220,000.
“The board looks forward to Dr. Stork’s leadership and long-term commitment to the success of the college and the students we serve,” Mullen said. “I am confident that Dr. Stork will bring his expert knowledge and experience to respond to the fiscal and regulatory challenges facing the district.”
Stork was chosen from a pool of 30 applicants. He earned his master’s degree in mathematics from Cal Poly and has a doctorate in educational administration from Brigham Young University.
He is expected to begin as president in January.