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North Lake College Presidential Search

Dear North Lake colleagues,

I know you will be excited to learn that we have arrived at the next step in our search for the president of North Lake College: announcing the finalists.

After expanding the search and interviewing the initial list of candidates, I want to share with you the finalists' names and where they currently work.

  • Paul Gasparro - district vice president at Cuyahoga Community College
  • Leslie Anne Navarro - strategic advisor on accreditation, planning, program development and organizational culture
  • Rebecca Riley - vice president of instruction at Lone Star College - Kingwood
  • Christa Slejko - interim president at North Lake College

As you can see, the search committee members have been thorough and thoughtful in their efforts to identify the best candidates possible who can lead North Lake College forward in the years to come.

The next step is important, too, because you will be involved. The finalists will visit your college to talk to a variety of groups on campus about their experience and their vision for North Lake College. Those visits will include an open forum for everyone to attend, and I invite you to participate, listen and then provide feedback to me about each candidate. 

Here is the schedule of visits:

Candidate Date of Visit Daily Schedule for Each Candidate
Paul Gasparro Thursday, July 10
9 a.m. to noon: Tour of college and related campus facilities
12:15 to 1 p.m.:  Lunch with students (by invitation only)*
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Open Forum with faculty, staff and administrators*
3 to 4 p.m.: Discussion with community/business leaders (by invitation only)*
Leslie Anne Navarro Wednesday, June 25 
Rebecca Riley Monday, June 23
Christa Slejko Tuesday, July 8 

*An electronic survey link will be provided to encourage individuals attending these events to provide their feedback — available for 48 hours after the event.

Choosing the candidate with the best fit and experience is my goal. Once the finalists have completed their visits and I receive feedback from the college community, I will select the next president for North Lake College and then will take my recommendation to the DCCCD Board of Trustees for approval.

Thank you again for your patience and your support throughout this important process. The search committee has worked many hours to enable us to arrive at this important step. I encourage you to attend the open forum and share your thoughts.

I am excited to see that the end of the search is in sight and that we soon will announce the next president of North Lake College.

I will keep you informed throughout the remainder of this important process.

Best wishes,

Joe D. May

About the Search Process

Earlier this year, Dallas County Community College District invited applications for the position of president, North Lake College.

The president is the chief executive officer of the college and reports to the DCCCD chancellor.

Share your feedback: or 214-378-1603​​​​

About Dallas County Community College District

The seven independently accredited colleges of Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) include Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland. Dallas Colleges Online serves the colleges by delivering classes 100 percent online. DCCCD is one of the largest community college systems in the state. Since 1965, we have served more than 2 million students. Learn more about DCCCD.