SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. -

The Board of Trustees of Lehigh Carbon Community College announced Thursday that it has settled on four finalists in the running to become the fifth president of the college.

The short list includes Dr. Ann Bieber, interim president, Lehigh Carbon Community College; Dr. Joyce Ester, former president of Kennedy-King College, City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.; Dr. Doreen Larson, president, Pierpont Community and Technical College, Fairmont, West Virginia; and Dr. James Moran III, former vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the Pennsylvania System of Higher Education, Harrisburg.

The college began the meticulous search for qualified candidates to head the institution in December 2013, with the retirement of former president Dr. Donald W. Snyder.

The college board of trustees appointed a Florida-based executive search firm, Greenwood/Asher and Associates, to conduct a comprehensive, national search.

In collaboration with a 16-member, board-appointed search committee comprising eight trustees and faculty, administrators, staff and community representatives, they assembled a pool of qualified applicants.

Audry Larvey, search chair and Lehigh Carbon trustee said, “Following an exhaustive and careful review of the credentials of all the candidates and then preliminary interviews with a narrowed pool, the search committee has recommended these four exceptional individuals to the full Board of Trustees. We are fully confident all of these candidates can effectively lead our institution, said Larvey."

Each of these candidates comes with rock-solid credentials.

They have held high profile academic and administrative positions at various institutions of higher learning as revealed in their detailed vitae.

Dr. Ann Bieber currently serves as interim president and senior vice president for Administrative Services at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

She has served in multiple positions at Lehigh Carbon, including vice president of Administrative Services and Workforce/Community Development; dean of Continuing Education; and director of Continuing Education.

Dr. Joyce Ester is the former president of Kennedy-King College, City Colleges of Chicago.

Prior to that role, she served as associate vice president for Student Services, (Chief Student Affairs Officer), at Bakersfield College; assistant vice president for Judicial Affairs and Division Planning at California State University, Fresno; and as assistant dean of Students/Judicial Affairs at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dr. Doreen Larson currently serves as president at Pierpont Community and Technical College in West Virginia.

Prior to that, Dr. Larson served as vice president for Student Affairs at Holyoke Community College; as well as multiple positions at Lakeland Community College, including as assistant vice president for Student Access and Success; dean of Counseling and Academic Support Services; and as associate professor in Education, Counseling and Developmental Education.

Dr. James Moran formerly served as the vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the Pennsylvania System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

Dr. Moran also served as interim president for Edinboro University. Prior to his tenure as interim president, Dr. Moran served in multiple positions for the PASSHE, including senior associate vice chancellor/chief academic officer and associate vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

Dr. Moran also served as assistant vice president for Academic Affairs and associate vice provost, Accreditation and State Relations, for the University of Tennessee System Office.

Dr. Moran also served in multiple positions at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, including as dean, College of Human Ecology; associate dean for Research and Business Administration, Human Ecology; and acting head, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences.

The candidates also studied for, and received their bachelor's, master's and doctor of philosophy degrees at some of the nation's finest institutions.

One among these four will soon be named head of Lehigh Carbon Community College and should be in place and ready for the fall 2014 semester, according college officials.

 More information can be found on the LCCC Presidential Search website.