SOUTH PORTLAND — Southern Maine Community College’s presidential search committee has narrowed a field of 49 candidates to three, according to a press release from the Maine Community College System.

The committee has forwarded its selection to MCCS President John Fitzsimmons, who will make a recommendation to the MCCS board at its June 22 meeting.

The three finalists are Ronald G. Cantor, associate vice president and dean of Mohawk Valley Community College in Rome and Utica, N.Y.; Janet M. Sortor, vice president and dean of academic affairs at SMCC, and Brad J. Steward, vice president and provost of Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Takoma Park, Md.

The new president will replace James Ortiz, who will retire in July after holding the position for 10 years.

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