FAIRFIELD — Three men, all from New England, have been named as finalists in the search for the next president of Kennebec Valley Community College.

The names of the finalists were released today by Helen Pelletier, spokesman for the Maine Community College System,

Two of the three applicants are from Maine; they all have backgrounds in education.

Charles Collins, of Portland, is currently the state director of the Early College for ME program of the Maine Community College System.

Richard Hopper, of Westport Island, is a senior education specialist for the World Bank.

William A. Nevious, of Derry, New Hampshire, is the former president of Chester College of New England.

Barbara Woodlee, who has been president at the college for 28 years, planned to retire in 2010 but the college has not yet been able to successfully identify a successor.

The names of the three finalists have been forwarded to John Fitzsimmons, president of the college system, for review.

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