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Minnesota West’s interim president will be selected from MnSCU employees

WORTHINGTON —The position of interim president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College will be chosen from internal candidates of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), it has been announced.

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During MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone’s two-day tour to all Minnesota West campuses Jan. 28 to talk about qualities critical to the success of the college’s next president and interim president, the chancellor stated that he and the MnSCU Board of Trustees would be looking for external and internal candidates for the interim position.

Former Minnesota West President Ron Wood, who after leaving the college served as interim president at Southwest State University in Marshall and has continued to serve on the Worthington City Council, was nominated for the current interim president post. As a result of the decision to consider internal candidates exclusively, he is not eligible for consideration.

“The decision was made to only consider internal candidates after visiting all the campuses and based on what was said at the visits, it would be best to choose from MnSCU employees,” said Doug Anderson, director of communications and media for MnSCU. “This decision is also consistent with similar interim president searches that the chancellor has done in the past.”

Wood declined comment Tuesday on the change.

There has been no update to this point on who the next interim president could be, but the deadline for candidates is Tuesday.

“The chancellor will be presenting his recommendation to the MnSCU Board of Trustees during their March meeting, and the start date for the interim president will still be July 1,” Anderson said.

It is expected the interim president will serve for one year following appointment until a permanent president is chosen.

The search for a permanent president will begin this summer, and will be extended to external candidates. The new president will be appointed July 1, 2015.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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