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UND VP Harmeson, 10 others advance in Valley City State presidency search

A committee searching for the next Valley City State University president has picked 11 candidates for reference checks. Included in that list is Phil Harmeson, UND vice president for general administration. After performing reference checks, the...

A committee searching for the next Valley City State University president has picked 11 candidates for reference checks.

Included in that list is Phil Harmeson, UND vice president for general administration.

After performing reference checks, the committee will meet again March 18 to choose candidates for videoconference interviews.

Other candidates on the list are:

-- Thomas Armstrong, vice president for instructional services at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo.

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-- Ray Brown, director of institutional research at Westminster College in Fulton, Mont.

-- Alex Capdeville, retired chancellor at Montana State university in Bozeman

-- Blake Faulkner, president of the online campus at National American University in Rapid City, S.D.

-- John Garmon, chief academic officer at New Mexico State University in Carlsbad

-- Dan King, vice president for academic affairs at Queensborough Community College in Bayside, N.Y.

-- Anthony Koyzis, education dean at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb.

-- Mark Lapping, interim provost at the University of Southern Maine in Cumberland Center

-- Guy Mills, associate provost and dean of education at the University of Texas - Permian Basin in Odessa

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-- Steven Shirley, vice president and dean for student affairs at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D.

The search committee will conduct on-campus interviews with semifinalists in early April and forward the names of about three finalists to the State Board of Higher Education. The state board is scheduled to select the school's next president April 21.

That president will likely take office July 1, succeeding retiring president Ellen Chaffee, who has served in that post for 15 years.

When Valley City's next president takes office, he or she will be among seven of the system's 11 campus leaders and system chancellor William Goetz who have taken office within the past two years.

Williston State College President Joe McCann is a finalist for two out-of-state college presidencies and recently received a vote of no confidence from his school's faculty. If McCann leaves, more than three-quarters of the state's college presidents will soon be relatively new to their jobs.

Marks reports on higher education. Reach him at (701) 780-1105; (800) 477-6572, ext. 105; or jmarks@gfherald.com .

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