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University of Minnesota-Crookston chancellor hired in California

After announcing in September he would retire for the school, University of Minnesota-Crookston Chancellor Fred Wood has accepted the chancellor position at a community college in California. Wood will become the chancellor at Contra Costa Commun...

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After announcing in September he would retire for the school, University of Minnesota-Crookston Chancellor Fred Wood has accepted the chancellor position at a community college in California.

Wood will become the chancellor at Contra Costa Community College District in California, where he is an alumnus of one of the district colleges.

Wood announced in September he would leave the university at the end of the 2016-17 academic year to care for the needs of his extended family in northern California.

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has appointed a search committee to find a permanent replacement for the Crookston campus.

"While I know it is the right decision, it was extremely difficult for me; I will greatly miss UMC and the surrounding community," Wood wrote in a letter to the campus community.

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He was chosen Friday for the position in California and was chosen from three potential finalists.

The Contra Costa Community College District encompasses three schools-Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill and Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, as well as educational centers in Brentwood and San Ramon.

Wood has been the chancellor at Minnesota-Crookston since July 2012. He previously worked for 26 years at University of California at Davis, including serving as vice chancellor for student affairs between 2007 and 2012.

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