Posted: June 2, 1998

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Four finalists for the presidency of Century College in White Bear Lake have been invited to participate in campus interviews beginning Tuesday, June 2. The new president will replace interim president Gary Langer, who has served since Nov. 17, 1997.

The candidates are Marion Boenheim, William J. Campion, Charles D. Hays and O. Clayton Johnson.

Boenheim is vice president of human resources for the Community Colleges of Spokane in Spokane, Wash., where she has worked since 1994. Prior to this she was director of human resources at Morehead State University in Kentucky and a professor in the school of business.

Campion is a professor at Texas A & M University-Commerce in Commerce, Texas, where he has been employed since 1996. Prior to this he was president of Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Florida, for nine years.

Hays is the former president of New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, New Mexico, where he served from 1988 to 1997. He is the owner and operator of a dry cleaning shop in Levelland, Texas. He also has been president of Howard College in Big Spring, Texas, and Panola Junior College in Carthage, Texas.

Johnson is provost and campus executive officer at Wayne County Community College in Detroit, Mich., where he has served since 1994. Prior to this he served as president and chief executive officer at Quincy College in Quincy, Mass., for 10 years.

The finalists were selected after a national search by a screening committee composed of college and community representatives. The committee was chaired by Ralph Knapp, president of Minnesota West Community & Technical College. After the campus interviews, the screening committee will evaluate the candidates and forward their names to Chancellor Morris J. Anderson of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Anderson will interview the finalists, along with members of the Board of Trustees. The board is expected to appoint a president at its June meeting.

Century College serves approximately 11,264 students annually with a full-time enrollment of 4,287. Located on Century Avenue in White Bear Lake, Century College unites the former Lakewood Community and Northeast Metro Technical Colleges.