Larry Lundblad recommended as Central Lakes president
March 20 , 2006
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Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor James H. McCormick said today he will recommend that the Board of Trustees appoint Larry Lundblad as president of Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples.
Lundblad, 55, has served as vice president and chief academic officer at South Central College in North Mankato and Faribault since 1993. Prior to 1993, Lundblad was dean of curriculum and instruction, a curriculum specialist and an instructor at South Central.
The chancellor's recommendation will be considered by the Board of Trustees at its regular meeting Wednesday. Lundblad was one of three finalists recommended to the chancellor by a search committee chaired by Don Supalla, president of Rochester Community and Technical College.
"We're very pleased that Larry Lundblad has risen through our system," McCormick said. "His experience at South Central in a variety of positions provides him with the understanding and leadership skills for taking the helm at Central Lakes. We look forward to the continued success of Central Lakes in serving its students and communities."
Lundblad holds a doctorate with an emphasis in career and technical education, training development and adult education from the University of Minnesota; two master's degrees from Minnesota State University, Mankato, one in industry psychology and one in continuing studies; and two bachelor's degrees, one in horticulture and agronomy from Iowa State University and one in history and political science from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
The new president will replace Joseph Opatz, who has served as interim president since July. Central Lakes College serves more than 4,000 students in credit courses annually and provides a variety of educational programs and delivery options. The appointment would become effective July 1.
The college is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, which comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 240,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 130,000 students in non-credit courses.