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Minnesota State board of trustees names interim Northland president

Shannon Jesme has been with NCTC since 2008, including serving as director of finance/CFO from 2010 to 2015 and as vice president of administrative services/CFO since 2015.

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Shannon Jesme

Shannon Jesme has been named the interim leader of Northland Community and Technical College, starting Jan. 1.

The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities chose Jesme to serve as interim president of Northland Community and Technical College. The appointment is for a six-month term.

Jesme has been with NCTC since 2008, including serving as director of finance/CFO from 2010 to 2015 and as vice president of administrative services/CFO since 2015.

“Shannon demonstrates strong ethics, analytical expertise and tenacity,” Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State, said in a statement. “She has the skills, experience and leadership traits needed to continue the momentum of the college over the next several months and ensure a smooth transition to the next permanent leader of the college.”

Jesme will succeed current Northland President Dennis Bona, who has served as president of Northland since 2015 and has announced his intention to retire.

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Northland Community and Technical College President Dennis Bona gives a speech in this Herald file photo. (Sydney Mook/Grand Forks Herald)

A national search for a permanent president has been launched. The new president likely will be chosen early in the spring of 2020 for a July 1 start date. Bona’s last day at Northland will be Dec. 31.

In her roles at NCTC, Jesme has been responsible for managing financial operations of the college, including planning, budgeting and controlling fiscal and auxiliary services; monitoring contracts and applicable laws for compliance; and providing supervisory leadership of various departments.

She also has served as a member of the faculty at both Northland and at the University of Mary in Bismarck, and she is a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.

Jesme holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Scholastica, an MBA from Metropolitan State University, a doctorate from UND, and an active CPA license.

Northland Community and Technical College has campuses in Thief River Falls and East Grand Forks. Northland also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls and a satellite site in Roseau, Minn.

Sydney Mook has been the managing editor at the Herald since April 2021. In her role she edits and assigns stories and helps reporters develop their work for readers.

Mook has been with the Herald since May 2018 and was first hired as the Herald's higher education reporter where she covered UND and other happenings in state higher education. She was later promoted to community editor in 2019.


For story pitches contact her at smook@gfherald.com or call her at 701-780-1134.
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