Kathleen Hart has moved up from her position as interim president and superintendent of San Joaquin Delta College. But she'll be doing the same job.
Hart was selected to serve as the next president and superintendent at Delta, and she is the first woman to hold the job.
Hart replaces Jeff Marsee, who was placed on paid administrative leave in early February and resigned on Feb. 29 after conflicts with the board of trustees and the faculty.
The board conducted a nationwide search for his replacement.
Taj Khan, a Delta College trustee serving the Lodi area, said there was no reason to do another round of interviews after the board interviewed Hart.
"Hiring a superintendent is a marriage between the board and the superintendent. It is one of the most important jobs the board does," said Kahn, adding that the president/superintendent is only employee who reports directly to the board.
The board considered 20 resumes and interviewed five candidates last week. They took input from faculty, staff and students at Delta to pare down the list. Each interview took about two hours in an open meeting.
Kahn cited Hart's years of experience at Delta as a point in her favor.
"Other candidates had similar backgrounds working at colleges. But she seemed to be the best choice for us at the place and time we are in at this college," he said.
The board decided to forgo the remaining recruitment process as an unneeded expense of time and resources.
Hart was first hired at Delta in 1994 as the assistant division chair for the Communication Skills department. She was promoted in 2000 to division chair of the department.
In 2002, Hart was again promoted to dean of planning, research and regional education. In 2008, she was hired as assistant superintendent/vice president of instruction.
Hart has served as Delta's acting superintendent/president since February 2012. During that time, she helped to reaffirm the college's accreditation by leading the college through an accreditation follow-up report. This enabled Delta to be removed from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College's "warning" status.
She is currently a member of the Stockton Arts Commission, and a member of the Stockton Symphony Board of Directors.
The college will begin negotiating an employment contract for Hart, subject to approval at a regular board of trustees meeting.
Hart was unable to return calls for comment on Wednesday.