Posted: March 26, 2008

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

John O'Brien, academic vice president at Century College, has been appointed acting president of the college effective July 1, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor James H. McCormick said today.

O'Brien will serve as acting president for one year while the current president, Larry Litecky, is on a sabbatical, McCormick said. Century College is in White Bear Lake.

"Century College will be well served with Dr. O'Brien at the helm," McCormick said. "He brings strong leadership and administrative skills to this important task. I have no doubt that Dr. O'Brien will advance the college's agenda to serve its students and community intelligently, vigorously, and creatively."

O'Brien has served as academic vice president at Century College since 2005. Previously, he was associate vice chancellor for instructional technology in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Office of the Chancellor, an English and composition instructor at Normandale Community College, instructor for the Program in Composition at the University of Minnesota, adjunct instructor at Augsburg College and the University of St. Thomas, and an English teacher at O'Gorman High School in Sioux Falls, S.D. He holds a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree with honors in Anglo-Irish literature from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, and a bachelor's degree in English and education from Augustana College in South Dakota.

During his sabbatical, Litecky will identify best practices for two-year colleges in working with K-12 schools and write portions of an executive development program for presidents and vice presidents.

In announcing his sabbatical to the faculty and staff, Litecky said: "I believe Century College is in very good shape at this point. I hope my sabbatical provides both the college and me with meaningful growth opportunities."