BRTC Board of Trustees announces their choice for the new president

Published: Apr. 16, 2019 at 7:37 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 16, 2019 at 7:38 PM CDT
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POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - A nationwide search for a new college president took 56 applicants down to one.

The Black River Technical College Board of Trustees announced Tuesday in a special meeting their choice for their new president, Dr. Martin Eggensperger.

Eggensperger currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home.

He was one of three applicants brought in for an interview, a community forum, and a grand tour of the college.

And in the end, Board of Trustees Chairman Doug Cox said Eggensperger was the best fit for the position.

"Dr. Eggensperger has spent a lot of time, all of his higher education time in Arkansas, which we felt like was very important," Cox said. "He's also got the leadership skills and the community involvement skills that we were looking for."

As a native of Randolph County, Cox said they're excited to be able to bring Eggensperger back home.

For a smoother transition, Cox is hoping to have the current interim president Dr. Jan Ziegler and Eggensperger in the office at the same time, as kind of a training period.

The plan is to have Eggensperger at BRTC sometime in June.

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