Minnesota West announces interim restructuring

Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Minnesota West Community and Technical College

WORTHINGTON — An interim restructuring will occur at Minnesota West Community and Technical College while Provost Jeff Williamson takes an 11-month interim presidency position Aug. 1 at North Hennepin Community College.

Jodi Landgaard, current vice president of finance and facilities, has been appointed interim executive vice president and chief student affairs officer. Landgaard will be responsible for the following areas: Finance, Facilities, Enrollment Marketing/Communications, Registration/Financial Aid, and Chief Student Affairs Officer. She has been with Minnesota West for 12 years in various capacities. Prior to her current role, Landgaard was the director of financial aid for the college and has also served as an adjunct business faculty and Student Senate advisor.

Karen Miller, Chief Human Resources Officer, will maintain human resources, with the addition of Safety & Security.

Bruce Peterson, current dean of energy technologies and executive director for the Minnesota State Energy Center of Excellence, has been appointed Interim vice president of academic affairs. Miller will be responsible for areas including: Chief Academic Affairs and Academic Deans. He has been in higher education for 40 years as a teacher, curriculum specialist and administrator. Over the past 24 years, Miller served as Academic Dean at three colleges and as program director over several major grants. As a charter member of the Minnesota Energy Consortium, he has served on the leadership steering committee since the inception of the group. His leadership led to establishing the Energy Technical Specialist program, a multi-college program leading to industry positions in energy production in solar, wind, bio-fuels, fossil and nuclear fields.

In addition to these changes, Minnesota West will also be accepting nominations for two half-time positions including: Interim Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Dean of Academic Affairs. Either position can be located on any campus. Nominations are open immediately to any internal candidate and are due to Karen Miller on Monday with an Aug. 1 start date.

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