Colleges narrow search for permanent leadership

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) has named three semifinalists for consideration to be president of Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College.

Kent Hanson

Kent Hanson

The candidates are Kent Hanson, Ann Krause-Hanson and Guy Mills.

The candidates were recommended by a search advisory committee comprising students, faculty, staff and community leaders and chaired by Sue Collins, president of the Northeast Higher Education District (a consortium of five state colleges: Hibbing, Itasca, Mesabi Range, Rainy River and Vermilion).

The three candidates are scheduled to visit the Anoka-Ramsey campuses in Cambridge and Coon Rapids and the Anoka Technical College campus Jan. 25, 30 and 31.

The campus visits present an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and members of the community to meet and offer feedback on each of the candidates.

Ann Krause-Hanson

Ann Krause-Hanson

Details of the candidates’ campus visits and the process for providing feedback are available at http://www.anokaramsey.edu/en/about/PresidentialSearch.aspx.

Hanson has served as interim president of Riverland Community College since August 2012.

Prior to Riverland, Hanson served nine years as provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Northland Community and Technical College.

His previous experience also includes 12 years at Northwest Technical College, where he served as radiology program director from 1991-99 and health and human services dean from 1999-2003.

In addition, Hanson was an adjunct faculty member at Park University and the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

Guy Mills

Guy Mills

Hanson holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota and a master’s degree in human resource administration from Central Michigan University.

His visits to the Anoka-Ramsey campuses and the Anoka Technical College campus will take place Jan. 31.

Krause-Hanson has served as vice president of academic affairs at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., since 2011.

Prior to Mid-State, Krause-Hanson spent 19 years at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, Wis., where she served as dean of health, human and protective services from 2002-2011, dean of general education and service occupations from 2000-2002 and mathematics instructor from 1992-2000.

From 1974-1991, Krause-Hanson was a middle school, high school and community college mathematics and computer science instructor.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis, higher education from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Krause-Hanson’s visits to the Anoka-Ramsey campuses and the Anoka Technical College campus will take place Jan. 25.

Mills has served as president of Northwest Kansas Technical College, Goodland, Kan., since 2009.

Prior to that, Mills served as associate provost and dean of the School of Education at the University of Texas—Permian Basin from 2005-2009; dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Minnesota State University Moorhead; associate professor and professor of education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and as associate professor of education and department head and associate director, grant program for rural school and community renewal at South Dakota State University.

Mills also served in K-14 education in Missouri as a community college administrator and teacher, a school superintendent, elementary and secondary principal and high school classroom teacher.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a master’s degree and education specialist degree in school administration from Central Missouri State University and a doctorate in higher and adult education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Mills’ visits to the Anoka-Ramsey campuses and the Anoka Technical College campus will take place Jan. 30.

The MnSCU Board of Trustees is expected to act on Chancellor Steven Rosenstone’s recommendation on a final candidate at its Feb. 26 meeting.

The new president is expected to begin in July 2013.

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