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Shrubb tapped to replace Wood

WORTHINGTON -- The chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities on Wednesday recommended Richard Shrubb be appointed president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

"I felt really good about the interviews, but I didn't want to take anything for granted," Shrubb said about the recommendation. "I was more relieved than anything else, because this is my dream job, and I am genuinely honored to be a president in the MNSCU system."

The MNSCU Board of Trustees will likely accept the recommendation at its next meeting March 19.

"This is going to be wonderful," Shrubb said of becoming president.

Shrubb, 49, will begin his duties as president July 1, replacing retiring president Ron Wood.

"I want to find out as quickly as I can what things I should not change," Shrubb said, emphasizing his wish to meet as many community and college people as possible. "I want to meet people and listen; those are the two big things I'll be doing."

Shrubb is currently vice president of academic and student affairs at Terra State Community College, Ohio, which was closed for a snow emergency Wednesday.

After receiving the news of his recommendation Tuesday, Shrubb was so "filled with such happy adrenaline" that he ended up shoveling not only his driveway but also several of his neighbors'.

Chancellor James McCormick's recommendation represents the end of a long selection process.

A search committee of Minnesota West staff and students, as well as community members, interviewed 12 candidates and narrowed the field to five candidates, who toured Minnesota West and spoke to the public at each campus in February.

Using commentary from the public, the committee further narrowed the search to three candidates -- Minnesota West Provost Diane Graber, Bill Thallemer and Shrubb. Their names were then sent to McCormick, who chose Shrubb to recommend to the MNSCU Board of Trustees.

"He brings a great deal of experience to the college and a very analytical yet approachable style," said Jeff Williamson, Minnesota West's vice president of instruction, a member of the search committee.

Shrubb earned his doctorate in educational leadership and supervision of instruction in 1992 from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss.

His previous experience includes serving as dean of general education and director of Clinton County Campus, Hillsboro, Ohio, from 2001 to 2007. He was also an associate professor, program director and assessment coordinator at Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, Wis., from 1994 to 2001. From 1992 to 1994, Shrubb was a faculty member at Pearl River Community College, Poplarville, Miss.

Shrubb also served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence specialist and has journalism experience.

One of the things that attracted him to Minnesota West was its status as a single college with multiple campuses, a situation Shrubb has previous experience with.

"I really like that it's rural and that it has a lot of campuses," Shrubb explained. "I grew up in an area that has the kind of people that live here. I felt like I could relate to the people."

His February visits to the five campuses left a very positive impression on Shrubb, who found much to be enthusiastic about while viewing Jackson's motorcycle repair area and learning about Minnesota West's trucking program.

Shrubb looks forward to the recreational opportunities southern Minnesota has to offer -- specifically, the lakes, pheasants and fishing opportunities.