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Donna Berry stood in front of the Reedley College Tiger statue before officially taking the reins as the college’s interim president. Berry succeeds Sandra Caldwell, who accepted the job as executive director of the Wyoming Community College Commission. Berry’s first day as RC’s interim president was July 2.

The “official” first day of work was on July 2. But Donna Berry already has hit the ground running in her new position as interim president of Reedley College.

Berry — the college’s vice president of administrative services since August 2011 — was approved by the State Center Community College District Board of Trustees on June 12. She succeeds Sandra Caldwell, who left the college after seven years to take the job as executive director for the Wyoming Community College Commission in Cheyenne, Wyo.

“I’ve mostly been [on the job] since June 10,” she said. “As a small college, we’re always in the loop about everything going on.

“That was the intent with the transition. With me being [an internal hire] we would be able to help the continuity of everything that’s been put in place.”

Berry will handle all of Caldwell’s job duties — including president of the Madera Community College and Oakhurst Community College campuses — for the 2018-19 school year. It’s a job she wants to continue in, as she has applied for the permanent presidency position that will undergo an open hiring process and be filled in spring or summer 2019.

“I’ve been working toward going to the next level,” she said. “I’ve been looking. Whether it’s this college or another college. It’s why I’ve been going to the [Future Presidents Institute] meetings.”

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