Interim Napa College President wins permanent job

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Transforming Napa Valley College into a destination campus, and building a sound fiscal foundation following years of deep budget cuts are two strong goals for newly appointed president Ronald Kraft.

The college's board of directors unanimously selected Kraft, who has served as the college's interim president since August, in a closed session Thursday. He was among four finalists.

"We are fully confident in Ron's ability to continue to successfully lead Napa Valley College," board president Michael Baldini said in a news release Thursday.

In his interim position, Kraft has fully "immersed himself" in his role as interim president and built strong relationships at the college and within the Napa Valley community, Baldini said.

Kraft was hired as interim leader last fall following departure of previous president Edna Baehre-Kolovani.

"This is really the culmination of my career," Kraft said Friday. "This is really a rare opportunity for me to work in a community which really fits with my background and experience. My family and I are looking at being part of this community for a long time to come," he said.

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