Two of the three semi-finalists for president of Bemidji State University are women, which got me to thinking: How many women are running the 32 schools in the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities System?
At the beginning of this year, MnSCU had 12 women in the top jobs, said MnSCU spokeswoman Melinda Voss.
But the retirements of Ann Wynia, North Hennepin Community College; Kathleen Nelson, Lake Superior College; and Cheryl Frank, Inver Hills Community College, leave nine women for now. Men were named presidents at those colleges.
I also asked about people of color in presidencies but MnSCU doesn’t keep track.
“They (the presidents) have to self-identify and we don’t collect that information,” Voss said. “We are looking to have a diverse administration, faculty and staff, but in the case of the presidents we don’t have that information. … As with any hire we’re looking for the best fit and the best candidate.”
Besides Bemidji State, Anoka-Ramsey Community College is looking for a president since Patrick Johns was appointed president of Lake Superior College. It’s rare that a president moves from one college to another in MnSCU, Voss said, but in this case Johns is from the Duluth area and wanted to return.
The president of Bemidji State also is president of Northwest Technical College. Semi-finalists were announced last week to succeed Jon Quistgaard, who is retiring.
The semifinalists (in alphabetical order):
• Betsy Vogel Boze (Ph.D., University of Arkansas) is a senior fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and is on leave from Kent State University Stark, where she is professor of marketing, and campus dean and chief executive officer.
• Richard Hanson (Ph.D., University of California-Davis) has been serving as interim president of North Dakota State University since last December. He also served as president of Waldorf College. At Augustana College, he was professor of sociology, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.
• Linda Krug (Ph.D., University of Nebraska), is on sabbatical after serving 11 years as dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She also has served as interim director of the International Education Office and associate professor in UMD’s Department of Communication.
More details on the finalists are here.