Just got a release from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system saying it has five semifinalists to replace Donovan Schwichtenberg, who is retiring as president of Saint Paul College.
(That’s the best community college in the country, if you haven’t heard.)
The semifinalists are:
- Linda Baer, senior program officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;
- Rassoul Dastmozd, vice president of instruction at Clark College
- Constance Mierendorf, senior advisor at Hudson County Community
College in New Jersey;
- Michael Seymour, vice president of Anoka-Ramsey Community
- Jessica Stumpf, interim president of Anoka-Ramsey Community
The board should give final approval April 20.
Here’s the rest of the announcement:
The semifinalists were recommended by a search committee chaired by
Cecilia Cervantes, president of Hennepin Technical College.
Linda Baer is senior program officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation. Previously, she served as senior vice chancellor for
academic and student affairs at the Minnesota State Colleges and
Universities and senior vice president for academic and student affairs
and interim president, both at Bemidji State University. Also, she held
several positions at South Dakota State University, including director
of the Center for Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship in the
Office of the President, university administrative associate for data
collection and strategic planning and project director. She has been a
professor at Bemidji State University and an assistant professor at
South Dakota State University. Baer holds a bachelor’s degree from
Washington State University, a master’s degree from Colorado State
University and a Ph.D. from South Dakota State University, all in
Rassoul Dastmozd is vice president of instruction at Clark College
in Washington. Previously, he served as dean of the applied technologies
division at Eastern Iowa Community College District, department chair of
expanded programs at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, and
proto-type labor coordinator and test engineer at Schott Corp. He holds
a bachelor’s degree of engineering technology from Southwest Minnesota
State University, a master’s degree in education administration from
Drake University in Iowa, and a Ph.D. in education and human resources
and community college leadership from Colorado State University.
Constance Mierendorf is a senior advisor at Hudson County Community
College in New Jersey. Previously, she was president of Sussex County
Community College in New Jersey, senior vice president for academic
affairs at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey, dean of
academic affairs at Santa Fe Community College, project administrator at
Mierendorf Productions, a faculty member at Minneapolis Community and
Technical College and the University of Minnesota; and a corporate
trainer and facilitator. She holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s
degree and a Ph.D., all in English, from the University of Nebraska.
Michael Seymour, is vice president of Anoka-Ramsey Community
College. Previously, he served the college as provost and chief
operating officer, chief financial officer, interim vice president of
education services, vice president for administration, and chief
information officer and dean. Before that, Seymour served as department
leader and grant manager at Riverland Community and Technical College.
He has been an affiliated faculty member at St. Cloud State University
and a faculty member at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Riverland
Community and Technical College. He holds an associate degree in audio
and visual technology, a bachelor‘s degree in television production
and a master’s degree in career and technical education, all from
Ferris State University in Michigan.
Jessica Stumpf is interim president of Anoka-Ramsey Community
College. Previously, she was vice president of academic affairs at
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, dean of business at
Hennepin Technical College, dean of transportation, customized training
coordinator, enrollment and marketing coordinator, and business
instructor, all at Dakota County Technical College, and business
instructor at Century College. She holds an associate degree from St.
Cloud State University, a bachelor’s degree in business education from
Buena Vista University in Iowa, a master’s degree in business
administration from Metropolitan State University, and a doctorate in
educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.
The new president will replace Donovan Schwichtenberg, who is
retiring. The chancellor, along with one to three members of the Board
of Trustees and others, will conduct interviews with the semifinalists.
McCormick will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees, which is
expected to act on the recommendation at its April 20 meeting.