Office of the President

Sandy Kiddoo, Northland President

Letter from the President

Welcome to Northland Community & Technical College! I am happy you are here. Education is powerful whether you aspire to obtain a certificate, diploma, degree, or complete a transfer program. Here at Northland, we are passionate about student learning. We have dedicated staff and faculty committed to helping you achieve your educational goals. We will ensure your experience is high quality, engaging, and challenged with academic rigor. We provide a wide array of quality academic programs, technical training, athletics, and student activities. Our goal is to provide you with the requisite knowledge, skills, and ability necessary for further academic pursuit or success in your career.

Please take the time to explore our website and discover the many opportunities and services we offer at our college. I encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns so that we can guide you through the first steps of your higher education journey. There is a wide array of resources to support your studies. We want you to take full advantage of all the amenities afforded to you as a student at Northland. I also encourage you to become engaged in the Pioneer family. We have a variety of activities for students that are both on and off campus.

We look forward to meeting you and are confident that your dreams and aspirations will soon become a reality.

All the best in your academic journey at Northland!

Sandy Kiddoo, PhD

Dr. Sandy Kiddoo named President of Northland

Dr. Sandy Kiddoo took the helm of Northland Community & Technical College on July 1, 2021, after being named to the position on April 21, 2021, by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State, shared his confidence in Dr. Kiddoo’s ability to lead Northland for the future. “She has a strong track record of exploring new initiatives to provide the services and programs students and industry need for today and tomorrow. I am confident that Northland Community & Technical College will thrive under her leadership.”

Prior to Northland, Dr. Kiddoo serviced as chief academic officer at Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) in Kentucky. She brings with her a record of success at the community college and technical college level. While at HCTC, she developed and implemented a strategic academic master plan, created a long-term facility plan, obtained $9 million in grant funding for a Manufacturing and Construction Center of Excellence, implemented the K-Tech competency-based youth apprenticeship model, and added manufacturing programs that will help stir up the regional economy.

In the years prior to HCTC, Dr. Kiddoo served as vice president of academics at Mid-State Technical College (WI) from 2015-2018, and the Wisconsin Technical College System from 2007 to 2015 as education director for transportation and electronics, and later as associate vice president of instruction.

A native from central Wisconsin, this appointment represents a return to Dr. Kiddoo’s home region. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a master’s from Capella University, and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As President of Northland, Dr. Kiddoo will lead northwest Minnesota’s largest community and technical college--serving more than 4,000 students in over 80 programs on two campuses and an aerospace site.

Dr. Kiddoo is the fourth President of Northland since the East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls campuses merged in 2003. She succeeds Dennis Bona, who served as president of Northland from 2015 to 2020 and retired in December 2020.

Contact Information

Sandy Kiddoo, Ph.D.
Northland Community and Technical College

P: (218) 793-2465