Now there are three.

On Dec. 20, the presidential search committee for Crowder College narrowed the field of candidates from seven to three. The three finalists include Dr. Jim Cummins of Neosho, Dr. Brent Bates of Sedalia and Dr. Jennifer Methvin of Hope, Ark.

Cummins currently serves as vice president of finance at Crowder College, a position he has held since January 2012. Prior to that, he served was assistant superintendent of finance for the Neosho R-5 School District and had previously served in various schools as superintendent, principal and teacher. Cummins has a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri.

Bates is currently vice president of education and student support services at State Fair Community College in Sedalia. He has 26 years of experience at Missouri and Kansas community colleges, with the past 14 in administrative roles. He holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis in community college curriculum, from Kansas State University.

Methvin is the current vice chancellor for academics at the University of Arkansas-Community College at Hope. She was previously a division chair for the University of Arkansas-Community College at Batesville, and taught English at various university. She has a PhD in community college leadership from Walden University.

According to Cindy Brown, college spokesperson, the three candidates will be brought to the Crowder campus for extensive interviews with the Board of Trustees, tours of the college and community, and open forums to which the public will be invited. More information on the forums will be made available once the schedule is determined, Brown said.

Brown added the board hopes to offer the position to the winning candidate in April. The new president will begin his or her duties no later than July 1.