Saint Paul, Century prez favorites named; Anoka search scrapped

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system Chancellor James McCormick has announced he’s recommending these people for the presidencies of two MnSCU colleges — but scrapping the search for a third.

He’s recommending the following:

  • Saint Paul College: Rassoul Dastmozd, vice president of instruction at Clark College

    in Washington; and

  • Century College: Ron Anderson, vice president of academic affairs at Century College.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College, however, still have no permanent president. Jessica Stumpf, current interim president of Anoka-Ramsey, will serve as interim president of both colleges, which will be governed by one person starting this summer.

McCormick did not take any of these three Anoka semifinalists: Ron Erickson, president and chief executive officer of Hocking College in Ohio and former dean at Dakota County Technical College; Alex Kajstura, provost of the Norfolk campus of Tidewater Community College in Virginia; and Constance Mierendorf, senior adviser at Hudson County Community College in New Jersey.

Spokeswoman Melinda Voss said a veteran staffer, who’s been at MnSCU for about a dozen years, couldn’t remember the last time MnSCU had to scratch a presidential search.

“Sometimes, there’s just not a match,” said Voss.

I asked her what elements were missing from this group — obviously elements that would be important in the future crop of candidates.

She wouldn’t say, only that “there were some withdrawals from the pool,” and “we thought it would be important to have someone able to step right into this alignment process.”

Stumpf would serve a year, and MnSCU would start a new search for a permanent president later this year.

The Board of Trustees should approve McCormick’s recommendations April 20.

  • Community Citizen

    I wonder if it is not public information to know who dropped out of the pool, out of the final five, or of the forwarded three? I think transparency would make the extended transitions challenges easier to meet.

  • Anonymous

    Considering that MnSCU spent at least $62,097 for the Anoka presidential search (not including all the candidates’ travel expenses), I’d say that a fuller explanation would be in order.

    But here’s the Minnesota Data Practices Act language on finalists. Appears to be names only, but I’ll keep checking:

    Subd. 3. Applicant data.

    Except for applicants described in subdivision 5, the following personnel data on current and former applicants for employment by a government entity is public: veteran status; relevant test scores; rank on eligible list; job history; education and training; and work availability. Names of applicants shall be private data except when certified as eligible for appointment to a vacancy or when applicants are considered by the appointing authority to be finalists for a position in public employment. For purposes of this subdivision, “finalist” means an individual who is selected to be interviewed by the appointing authority prior to selection.
    Subd. 4.Other data.

    All other personnel data is private data on individuals but may be released pursuant to a court order. Data pertaining to an employee’s dependents are private data on individuals.