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New MN West interim president is named

Barbara McDonald

WORTHINGTON — Barbra McDonald, Provost at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, has been named the new Minnesota West interim President.

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

“Dr. McDonald is extremely well prepared for the position. She understands rural Minnesota, and understands what it means to work across multiple campuses,” Rosenstone said.

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From a press release issued by MnSCU:

ST. PAUL - The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities today appointed Dr. Barbara McDonald as interim president of Minnesota West Community & Technical College. Her appointment becomes effectiveJuly 1, 2014.

Dr. McDonald has served at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids since 2000. She presently 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 holds a bachelor’s degree in English from The University of Colorado, Boulder, a master’s in teaching English as a foreign language from the American University in Cairo and a doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota.

In recommending McDonald for the role, Chancellor Steven 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.” 

McDonald will serve a one year appointment from July 1, 2014 until June 30, 2015. She succeeds Dr. Richard Shrubb, who has served as president since 2008 and has announced his intention to retire from his presidency. A national search will be conducted to find a permanent replacement.

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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