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Farmer named finalist

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, April 14, 2018
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WELCOME ABOARD – Dr. Tod Farmer, who was named lone finalist for Weatherford College president, visits with Executive Vice President of Financial and Administrative Affairs Dr. Andra Cantrell following Thursday’s board meeting. Messenger photo by Brian Knox

Dr. Tod Allen Farmer was named the lone finalist for Weatherford College president after a unanimous vote by the board of trustees Thursday.

Farmer currently serves as chief of staff to Tarleton State University President Dr. Dominic Dottavio. He manages the operations of the Office of the President and coordinates legal and policy issues with the Texas A&M University System as well as with state agencies and organizations.

Moments after the vote, Farmer said he looked forward to joining the Weatherford College team.

“I feel incredibly excited to join this dynamic team,” he said. “Every single person I’ve met, from trustees, faculty, staff, students – everyone is positive. I’m just incredibly excited to come back home to Weatherford College.”

Farmer graduated from Weatherford College with an associate’s degree in 1988. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1992 and a master’s degree in education in 1998, both from Tarleton. Farmer also holds a doctorate of education from the University of North Texas with a focus on educational administration.

In addition to his experience in higher education, Farmer spent 10 years employed by the Springtown Independent School District in roles that included fifth grade teacher, high school principal, associate director of instructional technology and director of student services.

In his 12 years at Tarleton, Farmer has also served as certification officer, head of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and as a graduate professor. His graduate level teaching experience includes courses on higher education leadership, leadership of diverse learning communities, theory and practice of organizational leadership, educational governance and other topics, according to information provided by Weatherford College.

“Dr. Farmer has a tremendous amount of experience in a variety of educational arenas,” Weatherford College Board Chair Mac Smith said in a written statement sent out following Farmer’s selection. “We feel he is in a unique position to help Weatherford College bridge the gap between high school and the university world. Plus, he has an approachable, genuine personality that we feel will be a great fit at Weatherford College.”

Six candidates were selected for interviews from a pool of more than 40 applicants. Three of those candidates were invited back for a second interview. The college used the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Services to lead the search.

After a mandated 21-day waiting period, the board is scheduled to vote to formally hire Farmer Friday, May 4.

Brent Baker, who has served as interim president since June 2017, will return to his previous role as vice president of institutional advancement.

Farmer’s wife of 21 years, Kathleen, is also a Weatherford College graduate. She teaches third grade at Aledo ISD’s Stuard Elementary School. The Farmers live in Hudson Oaks, and their three children, Madeleine, Alexandra and Benjamin, are Aledo ISD students.

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