Three finalists recommended for Alexandria Technical College presidency

Posted: March 25, 2004

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

The names of three finalists for president of Alexandria Technical College have been advanced to the chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, James H. McCormick. The candidates are Kevin J. Kopischke, Luke P. Robins and Ann M. Valentine.

The finalists were recommended by a search committee chaired by Joan Volkmuth, president of St. Cloud Technical College.

Kevin Kopischke has served as vice president for Alexandria Technical College since 1991. He was vice president for Brainerd Technical College, now Central Lakes College, from 1986 to 1991. He holds a doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota. Kopischke earned a master's degree in educational administration and a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University.

Luke Robins has served as vice president for instruction at National Park Community College in Hot Springs, Ark., since 2000. He served as dean of instruction for Eastern Idaho Technical College in Idaho Falls, Idaho, from 1997 to 2000. He holds a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at Austin, a master's degree in English from Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., and a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill.

Ann Valentine has served as vice president and provost for the Kenosha campus of Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wis., since 2000. She served as dean for instructional services at Independence Community College in Independence, Kan., from 1998 to 2000 and as dean for general education at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Wis., from 1997 to 1998. She holds a doctorate in philosophy and a master's degree in public administration from Iowa State University, and a bachelor's degree from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Chancellor McCormick and members of the Board of Trustees will conduct interviews with the finalists. McCormick will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees, which could act on the recommendation at its April meeting.

Alexandria Technical College serves 3,500 students in credit courses annually and provides customized training to employers throughout the state. The college, which offers two-year programs in law enforcement, health care and other career programs, has a 95 percent job placement rate for its graduates. The college is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

Minnesota's 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve more than 430,000 students across the state.