The pair was questioned separately on issues ranging from enrollment planning to construction projects and their visions of Rio Hondo College in five years. “In five years, I see a sparkling new Rio Hondo with new facilities and staff and faculty working together to serve our communities,” Ted Martinez said. “I see a lot of community outreach happening here, and the college has some outstanding regional programs, like the administration of justice program,” he added. “But I believe you can always do better,” he said. “And I would love to come do that for Rio Hondo College.” Details of the site visit will be determined later today, officials said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Rio Hondo Open Fosrum WHITTIER Following a nearly three-hour special closed-session meeting Wednesday, Rio Hondo College trustees narrowed down their search for a new president to one finalist: Ted Martinez Jr., former president of Grossmont College in east San Diego. Board President Maria Elena Martinez – no relation to the finalist – announced in open session that the five-member panel voted that a constituent group from Rio Hondo would conduct a site visit to Grossmont to get input from faculty, staff, students and administrators there about Ted Martinez. Once the board receives the report on the site visit, then it will “determine whether he is our candidate of choice or if we will go out \ again,” the board president said. Before the board meeting was convened to a closed session, college faculty leaders announced they would not participate in any final site visits following a firestorm of controversy that broke out a few weeks ago over which candidates the board chose to pull in for final interviews. But Rio Hondo College Faculty Association President Jim Newman said the board’s decision to choose Ted Martinez was a wise one – and one that would help ease recent tensions with the board. “I think in the next day or two, we will really evaluate the situation, and I think it would be to the benefit of students and faculty to participate \ at this point,” Newman said. “We are anxious to mend the fences,” he added. “We want to move on from this.” The board meeting took place after a two-hour forum earlier in the day that featured 45-minute public interviews of the two finalists, Ted Martinez and Monte Perez, vice president of student services for Golden West College in Huntington Beach.