Michael Baldini, president of the Napa Valley College board of trustees, has announced that Armond Phillips will be acting college president effective June 1.
Dr. Edna Baehre-Kolovani, Napa Valley College president, had previously announced she has accepted the presidency of Tidewater Community College in Virginia.
“Armond Phillips has agreed to serve as acting president starting June 1 to facilitate the smooth transition of leadership at the college. Dr. Edna Baehre-Kolovani has graciously agreed to be available to consult as necessary through the end of her contract, July 15,” he said.
In an earlier email to the college community he said, “A familiar face to many of you, Armond, an experienced college administrator, local resident, and former Napa Valley College Foundation member, has agreed to accept the responsibilities of acting superintendent/president while we continue the process of selecting an interim president as appropriate, and a permanent superintendent/president. Please welcome Armond as we move through this transitional phase of the process... I thank the Selection Committee for their thoughtful, deliberate, and thorough devotion to this college.”
Phillips had previously served as acting president of Napa Valley College following the unexpected death of college president Dr. Chris McCarthy in 2009 while the college conducted a national search for a new president.
The board has appointed a subcommittee and hired a search firm to facilitate the process to find an interim, then permanent president for the college.
Napa Valley College has been serving the community since 1942 and is marking its 70th anniversary.