About President Kiddoo
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.”
Before Northland, Dr. Kiddoo served 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 levels. 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 before HCTC, Dr. Kiddoo served as vice president of academics at Mid-State Technical College (WI) from 2015-2018, and at 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 of 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.