Posted: February 23, 2005

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

The names of three finalists for president of Minnesota State Community and Technical College have been advanced to the chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, James H. McCormick. The candidates are Karen S. Grosz, George C. Knox and Ann M. Valentine.

The finalists were recommended by a search committee chaired by Ronald Wood, president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

Karen Grosz has served as interim dean of math, science, engineering and technology at Truckee Meadows Community College in Nevada since 2004. Previously, she served as executive director of the Council for Cultural and Economic Advancement of Northern New England and Southeastern Canada from 2003-2004 and was the president of New Hampshire Community Technical College, Berlin and Laconia, and chief academic officer of the Connecticut Community College System. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of California, Los Angeles; a master's degree in English from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; and a bachelor's degree in English from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

George Knox has been president of Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kan., since 2000. Previously, he was the dean of academic and student development services at Tri-County Community College in Murphy, N.C., from 1998-2000 and dean of planning, learning and instruction at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Wis. Knox holds a doctor of education degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and a master of science and bachelor of science in criminal justice from Nova University.

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.

The new president will replace Ken Peeders, who is retiring July 1 after 37 years of service to the college. He started his academic career as an English instructor.

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 during a special meeting at 8:30 a.m., March 2.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College serves more than 4,500 students in credit courses annually and provides a variety of educational programs and delivery options at its four campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. The college is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.