Posted: June 2, 1998

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Six finalists for the presidency of Riverland Community College have been invited to participate in campus interviews beginning Tuesday, June 2. The new president will replace John Gedker, who is retiring. The candidates are Theodore H. Gasper, Grace A.

Guemple, Joyce M. Helens, Delores M. Meyer, William E. Norlund and Gary L. Rhodes.

Gasper is president of Montgomery Community College in Troy, North Carolina, where he has served since 1993. Prior to this he was president of Linn State Technical College in Linn, Missouri.

Guemple is vice president for academic affairs at Lake Superior College in Duluth, where she has served since 1997. Prior to this she was vice president of instruction and student services at Lake Superior College for two years.

Helens is associate dean for instruction at the University of Alaska Anchorage Community & Technical College, where she has served since 1995. Prior to this she was president of Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington, for two years.

Meyer is vice president for instructional services at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma, where she has served since 1992. Prior to this she was dean of instruction at McCook Community College in McCook, Nebraska.

Norlund has been president of Los Angeles Mission College since 1995. Prior to this he was vice president for academic affairs at Los Angeles Pierce College for five years.

Rhodes is vice president and academic dean at York County Technical College in Maine, where he has served since 1994. Prior to this he was vice president of training and development for the United Education Institute, a private postsecondary training institution in Santa Ana, California. He had that position for four years.

The finalists were selected after a national search by a screening committee composed of college and community representatives. The committee was chaired by Patrick Johns, president of Anoka-Ramsey Community 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.

Riverland Community College has campuses in Austin, Albert Lea and an educational center in Owatonna. The college serves a total of 5,557 students with a full-time enrollment of 2,001.