BARSTOW Barstow's college board has begun looking for a new person to head academic affairs at Barstow Community College

Antoinette Wheeler, the current vice president of academic affairs, will resign effective June 30,. The college board of trustees authorized the advertisement and hire of a new vice president of academic affairs Wednesday.

The vice president of academic affairs oversees all academic, career-technical, developmental and educational programs and services at the college. The vice president answers to the college president. The salary range for the position is between $96,991 and $129,979.

The person who replaces Wheeler will not be able to begin his or her new job until July 1.

Wheeler submitted her resignation shortly after Thanksgiving, said college spokesperson Maureen Stokes. She has been on a leave of absence since September. Bill Orr, who had been the interim vice president of administrative services earlier this year, has been filling in for Wheeler since September.

Wheeler was hired in February 2009 to replace former Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Thom Armstrong, who is now the college president. Before coming to Barstow she worked as vice president of academic affairs at St. Philip's College in San Antonio, Texas.

The circumstances behind Wheeler's leave of absence and her resignation are confidential, Stokes said. Wheeler could not be reached for comment Thursday. Members of the Board of Trustees were not available for comment.

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