Sandra Kiddoo has been named the next president of Northland Community & Technical College.
Kiddoo was selected by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities on Wednesday, April 21. The appointment will become effective July 1. She succeeds Dennis Bona, who served as president of Northland from 2015 to 2020 and retired December 2020
“Dr. Kiddoo’s leadership style is inclusive, transparent and collaborative,” Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State, said in a statement. “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 and Technical College will thrive under her leadership.”
Since 2018, Kiddoo has served as chief academic officer at Hazard Community and Technical College, a Kentucky community college with an annual enrollment of more than 3,000 across three campuses and three additional locations.
As the chief academic officer, her responsibilities include providing leadership for academic programming and developing and implementing a strategic academic master plan to ensure high-quality programming and student success.
During her time at Hazard, she helped create a long-term facility plan for the school and obtained $9 million in grant funding for a Manufacturing and Construction Center of Excellence. She also helped implement a K-Tech competency-based youth apprenticeship model, and added programs in manufacturing meant to help diversify the regional economy, according to a news release.
Before joining Hazard, Kiddoo served from 2015 to 2018 as vice president of academics at Mid-State Technical College, a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System with an annual enrollment of more than 2,600 across three campuses and one center.
There, she helped lead academic programming, adult basic education, workforce and continued education, institutional research, accreditation and grants functions of the college. Prior to that, she served the Wisconsin Technical College System from 2007 to 2015, where she was the education director for transportation and electronics, and later associate vice president of instruction, providing academic leadership throughout the system of 16 technical colleges.
She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a master's degree from Capella University, and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.