Enthusiastic Shrubb welcomed at West
WORTHINGTON -- Though two weeks have passed since Ohio administrator Richard Shrubb was chosen to become president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Shrubb's enthusiasm for the job remains undiminished.
"I feel right at home and immune. I just feel bulletproof," Shrubb said at a welcoming ceremony Friday at Minnesota West. "I feel like I could wrestle a bear and win."
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor James McCormick, who recommended Shrubb for the job March 6, congratulated retiring president Ron Wood and expressed appreciation for his work.
"The college is in a much stronger position now than when (Wood) arrived," McCormick said.
McCormick also congratulated Minnesota West and the search committee for their work.
"We are confident that Rick Shrubb is the right person to lead Minnesota West," McCormick said. "Being president is not an easy job. He will need the support of the community and the students."
McCormick then stepped aside and David Paskach of Cottonwood, on the MNSCU Board of Trustees, introduced Shrubb to the crowd of college staff and community members.
"The very best presidents I've worked with are people that managed to bring out the collective enhancement of all the people," Shrubb said. "The best leaders are people who created a positive improvement in the area around them."
Shrubb received his doctorate in educational leadership and supervision of instruction at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss., in 1992.
Previously, he served as dean of general education and director of Clinton County Campus, Hillsboro, Ohio, from 2001 to 2007, and was an associate professor, program director and assessment coordinator at Milwaukee School of Engineering, Wis., from 1994 to 2001.
Previous experience includes time teaching at Pearl River Community College, Poplarville, Miss., serving in the U.S. Army as an intelligence specialist and working in journalism.
At the welcoming reception, Shrubb introduced his wife, Julie, a homemaker with experience teaching reading and study skills at a community college in Mississippi. They are currently looking for a home in Worthington -- preferably a home on the lake.
Shrubb will officially begin at Minnesota West July 1, taking over the administrative duties of a multi-campus institution directly serving 16,000 square miles of territory.
"I'm really going to try to make my time at each campus equal," Shrubb said, praising the work of Wood. "... the school is up and running and the budget is balanced. There's no crisis for me to have to come in and work with it."
Outgoing president Wood also had some positive words for his successor.
"I am very excited that Dr. Shrubb was hired. I think he'll do an excellent job," Wood said.
Wood will continue to live and teach in Worthington, coaching golf for Worthington High School in the spring and for Minnesota West in the fall.