Mark next Tuesday, Jan. 29, on your calendar. That’s when you can meet — and possibly even question — the next president of your local community college. On that day, Reedley College is hosting a public forum from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. that features the two finalists, Donna Berry and Jerry Buckley.

Berry is the interim president of the college, having stepped in last July when Sandra Caldwell resigned to become the executive director of the Wyoming Community College Commission. She has a wealth of knowledge with the campus, having served as vice president of administrative services for almost seven years. Buckley also is highly qualified, as the doctor of education has been the assistant superintendent/VP of academic affairs at Santa Clarita Community College District for more than five years.

Both Berry (9:15 to 10:15) and Buckley (10:30 to 11:30) will speak to attendees and present the vision they hold for the future of Reedley College. The public can submit questions in advance and have until Monday, Jan. 28, at noon to send them for review. The email contact is If you come up with a question at the event, you can pick up a form there and submit the question if time permits.

Reedley College is a source of pride for the community. This is residents and the public’s chance to directly address the person who will lead the college in coming years.


Next week is a significant week for community events. In addition to the forum at Reedley College, the city’s first of six monthly Town Hall events is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. Come to the Senior Room at the Reedley Community Center, to discuss and provide ideas regarding the city’s homeless problem.

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