President - Northeast Higher Education District

Minnesota State
Minnesota, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 26, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Minnesota State Board of Trustees and Chancellor Devinder Malhotra invite nominations and applications for the position of President of the Northeast Higher Education District. The President reports to the Chancellor.


The Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) seeks an energetic, visionary president with the experience and passion to lead its five unique and autonomous, yet interdependent, two-year colleges in the beautiful, geographically dispersed region of northeast Minnesota: Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River College, and Vermilion Community College. These colleges are deeply integrated in the communities they serve and play a vital role in the educational, cultural and economic well-being of the region. A rich mix of programming, including specialty programs in environmental and natural resources fields, appeal to students nationally and internationally. The successful presidential candidate will be a skilled communicator, collaborator and consensus builder who understands small colleges and multi-college districts and is eager to embrace the Iron Range region in which NHED is located.


The presence of NHED colleges fills a higher educational need in Northeastern Minnesota and helps drive its economies.


The NHED colleges have a strong connection to their communities. They play a leadership role in each community by providing talent and expertise through their faculty, staff, and students. They serve their residents by being a “center” for the arts and humanities to enrich the cultural experience of those who live in rural Northeastern Minnesota. But most importantly, the NHED colleges, through faculty and staff, continue to play a significant role in preparing residents for learning, employment, and citizenship.


Minnesota State is the largest single provider of higher education in the state. With 37 institutions, including 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities, Minnesota State serves 65 percent of the state’s undergraduate student population.


The NHED President will possess strong leadership skills necessary to provide vision and direction to the colleges, community and Minnesota State. He/she will have a reputation as a leader with vision for the future of higher education/college, and champion of the technical and community college mission. An earned doctorate is preferred, but not required.


Application Procedure


RH Perry & Associates, a retained executive search firm, is supporting the Northeast Higher Education District in this search. Potential candidates and interested parties may review the position profile at


Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The preferred date to receive application materials for maximum consideration is January 4, 2021.


Applications must include:

  1. Current resumé or CV
  2. Cover letter addressing the position
  3. Contact information for five professional references


Application materials may be submitted securely through or at


For further information, please contact:

Dr. Joanne Bashford

Senior Consultant



Mr. Paul G. Doeg

President and Chief Operating Officer



RH Perry & Associates

206 East Chestnut Street, suite C

Asheville, NC 28801



RH Perry & Associates is committed to the highest standards of professionalism in all dealings with candidates, sources, and references. We fully respect the need for confidentiality and assure interested parties that their background and interests will not be discussed without consent of the applicant prior to becoming a candidate.



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