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Ronald Wood recommended as interim head of Southwest State

Ronald Wood — who retired as president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College in 2008 — has been recommended to become the interim president of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
MnSCU Chancellor James H.

Ronald Wood — who retired as president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College in 2008 — has been recommended to become the interim president of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

MnSCU Chancellor James H. McCormick is asking his board to appoint Wood to a one-year term as president, MnSCU officials said Friday.

Wood is now a Worthington City Council member.

“Ron Wood already has invested sound planning, time, and energy to assure the delivery of high-quality higher education opportunities in southwest Minnesota,” McCormick said. “With this interim appointment, he will help us set the stage for meeting the state’s 21st century post-secondary education needs in this area.”

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Current Southwest State President David Danahar will retire June 30.

They’re not looking for a permanent replacement for Danahar at this time, officials said, because “a study is under way to identify the key higher education programs and services needed by the region now and in the future.”

They want to look at changing demographics and economics in the region and find ways to align Minnesota West and Southwest State.