Administration

Finalists Named for Presidency of Northland Community and Technical College

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 18, 2021 – Minnesota State has named three finalists in the search for the next president of Northland Community and Technical College. The candidates are Josh Baker, Brian Huschle, and Sandra Kiddoo.

The candidates were recommended by a search advisory committee that was comprised of students, faculty, staff, and community leaders, and was chaired by Carrie Brimhall, president of Minnesota State Community and Technical College. The candidates are scheduled for a virtual campus visit between March 22 and March 23. The virtual campus visits provide an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and members of the community to meet each of the candidates and offer feedback. Details of the candidates’ virtual campus visits and the process for providing feedback are available at https://www.northlandcollege.edu/presidential-search/.

Josh Baker has served Pikes Peak Community College (CO) as vice president of instructional services since 2016. Previously, he served Bates Technical College (WA) as campus dean/academic dean from 2013 to 2016; Vincennes University (IN) as assistant academic dean from 2012 to 2013; and Highline Community College (WA) from 2005 to 2011 in various capacities including as an instructor and in a variety of administrative assignments including prior learning assessment coordinator and manager of a SkillUp grant. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s from Brigham Young University (UT), and a doctorate from Oregon State University. He will conduct a virtual campus visit on Monday, March 22.

Brian Huschle has served Northland Community and Technical College as provost since 2018. Previously, he served Northland in various capacities including as campus dean from 2013 to 2018; dean of academic affairs from 2011 to 2013; as a professor of philosophy from 2001 to 2014; and as chair of the Liberal Arts and Business Division from 2005 to 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris, and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He will conduct a virtual campus visit on Tuesday, March 23.

Sandra Kiddoo has served Hazard Community and Technical College (KY) as chief academic officer since 2018. Previously, she served Mid-State Technical College (WI) as vice president of academics from 2015 to 2018; the Wisconsin Technical College System first as the education director of transportation and electronics programs and later as the associate vice president instruction from 2007 to 2015; and Roehl Transport as workplace education manager from 2001 to 2007. She has also served as part-time faculty for several colleges. 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. She will conduct a virtual campus visit on Monday, March 22.

The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is expected to consider Chancellor Devinder Malhotra’s recommendation at its April 21, 2021 meeting. The anticipated start date of the new president is July 1, 2021.

Northland Community and Technical College (Northland) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Northland also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and a satellite site in Roseau, Minnesota. Northland offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. Northland is a member of Minnesota State, the third-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit www.northlandcollege.edu or call 1.800.959.6282.

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