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MN West interim president selected

Barbara McDonald

WORTHINGTON — Barbara McDonald, provost at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, has been selected as the new Minnesota West interim president.

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Chancellor Steven Rosenstone of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) presented his nomination for McDonald to the 15-member MnSCU Board of Trustees; the motion was passed unanimously.

Her appointment becomes effective July 1.

In recommending McDonald for the role, Rosenstone said, “Dr. McDonald is well-prepared to lead as Minnesota West’s interim president. She understands rural Minnesota, and she understands working across multiple campuses.”

“I am confident that she will work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and community leaders to address the college’s challenges and position Minnesota West in its search for the next president,” he added.

Rosenstone also stressed to the board how important the search process has been.

“Those I met with at the various Minnesota West campuses were very clear about the challenges and concerns facing the school, from the recent dip in enrollment to ways to build that enrollment again and balance budget,” Rosenstone said.

“There is a great deal of work to do over the next three and a half months, and we need an interim president who will partner with the faculty and staff to ensure these goals,” he added.

McDonald has served at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids since 2000. She currently serves as provost, a role she has held since 2013.

Previously, she served as dean of academic affairs and student services from 2009 until 2013; as dean of academic affairs from 2000 until 2009; and as director of institutional effectiveness in 2000.

Prior to her tenure at Itasca Community College, she served as a faculty member and assessment coordinator at Rainy River Community College from 1997-2000.

McDonald has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder; a master’s teaching English as a foreign language from the American University in Cairo; and a doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota.

McDonald will serve a one-year appointment from July 1, 2014, until June 30, 2015.

“I believe she will successfully position the college for its next president,” said Rosenstone.

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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