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UMC chancellor candidates visit campus this week

The first of four candidates vying for the chancellorship of the University of Minnesota-Crookston visited campus Tuesday in a series of local interviews.

The first applicant scheduled to come to UMC over March 7-10 was Mary Holz-Clause, who currently serves as the dean of the college of agriculture at Cal-Poly Pomona and who met with student government representatives before presenting at a public forum.

Candidate William Latimer, a public health expert, will follow that same schedule today. Latimer is the founding and current dean of the school of health sciences, human services and nursing at Lehman College, City University of New York.

UMC professor Dan Svedarsky, who serves as chair of the chancellor search committee, said the candidates are scheduled for meetings with campus stakeholders throughout the morning before presenting in public forums scheduled for each visit at 1:30 p.m. in Bede Hall. Svedarsky said the forums are open to the wider community.

The chancellor functions as the chief executive of the university and answers to University of Minnesota system President Eric Kaler. The position at UMC is currently filled on an interim basis by Barbara Keinath, the university's vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Former UMC Chancellor Fred E. Wood, who held the position since July 2012, announced his retirement from the University of Minnesota system last September.

Jon Steadland, a deputy chief in the university system president's office, said the search committee has been working to find a replacement since around mid-October.

He declined to list the full group of candidates who will be visiting campus throughout the week, but said their names will be released the day prior to their visit. Steadland said UMC stakeholders will submit recommendations about each candidate after meeting with them this week.

At the end of that process, recommendations will be directed to Kaler, who will make his preferred selection. That candidate will then be referred to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents for final approval.

Steadland said the system's office intends to have a final candidate ready to begin the position by July 1.

Andrew Haffner

Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.

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