Three presidential finalists named for Minnesota West Community and Technical College

Posted: February 22, 2008

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@so.mnscu.edu, 651-201-1426

The names of three finalists for president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College have been submitted to the chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, James H. McCormick. The candidates are Diane Graber, Richard Shrubb and Bill Thallemer.

The finalists were recommended by a search committee chaired by Anne Temte, president of Northland Community and Technical College.

Diane Graber has been the college provost at Minnesota West Community and Technical College since 2005. Previously, she was vice president of academic and student affairs at the college; chief executive officer of the college's Worthington campus; continuing education consultant at the University of South Dakota; vice president for campus life, faculty development coordinator and dean of extended learning at Dakota Wesleyan University in South Dakota; and director of faculty and staff development at Iowa Lakes Community College. She holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of South Dakota, a master's degree in sociology and human services from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Yankton College in South Dakota.

Richard Shrubb is vice president of academic and student affairs at Terra State Community College in Ohio. Previously, he has been dean of general education and director of the Clinton County campus at Southern State Community College in Ohio; associate professor, program director of technical communication and assessment coordinator at the Milwaukee School of Engineering; and an English faculty member at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi. He also served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence specialist. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership and supervision of instruction from the University of Southern Mississippi; a master's degree in business administration from William Carey College in Mississippi, a master's degree in English from Southeastern Louisiana University and a bachelor's degree in English from Lee University in Tennessee.

Bill Thallemer was president of Lake Land College in Illinois from June 2006 to June 2007. Previously, he has been vice president for student services at Odessa College in Texas; dean of student affairs at Jefferson Davis Community College in Alabama; director of student center and student activities at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College; director of campus life at Northwest Mississippi Community College; director of student life at the University of Mississippi; and director of student life at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Mississippi, a master's degree in higher education-student personnel from Slippery Rock University and a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Notre Dame.

The new president will replace Ronald Wood, who is retiring. The chancellor, along with one to three 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 regular meeting March 19. Minnesota West has campuses in Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, Pipestone and Worthington, serving more than 4,400 students in credit courses annually and providing a variety of educational programs and delivery options.