The Minnesota State Board of Trustees and Chancellor Devinder
Malhotra invite nominations and applications for the position of
President of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical
Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College,
located in Bemidji, Minnesota, seek a dynamic, visionary, and
collaborative president who has the experience, vision, and
creativity to lead both a four-year, regional public university and
a two-year technical college.
Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College have a
relationship like no other pair of institutions in Minnesota. While
there are other examples within the Minnesota State system of
two-year colleges with shared-service models, nowhere else will you
find this type of alignment between a four-year university and a
two-year college. This unique relationship both reinforces
institutional independence and fosters close partnerships.
Bemidji State University, located amid the lakes and forests of
northern Minnesota, occupies a wooded campus along the shores of
Lake Bemidji. The university was founded in 1919 as Bemidji Normal
School, Minnesota’s seventh regional school dedicated to educating
and preparing high school graduates to return to the state’s
classrooms as teachers. BSU offers robust and comprehensive
academic programs, including offerings typical of regional higher
education institutions with unique programs such as the country’s
only undergraduate program in exhibit design and its first
Indigenous sustainability studies program.
Northwest Technical College, one of three pure technical
colleges in the Minnesota State system, offers a friendly,
supportive learning environment on a spacious, easily accessible
campus. Walk in the main entrance and straight ahead is the OneStop
center, a central hub for a vibrant campus. Here — adjacent to the
Student Success Center and library, and within easy reach of all
on-campus classrooms and the college’s state-of-the-art, hands-on
labs — students can meet with admissions and financial aid staff
and start their path toward their dream jobs.
Bemidji is a tight-knit community possessing all the charm and
character of a college town. Named after the Ojibwe Chief
Shaynowishkung, the city is located between three American Indian
tribal nations: the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, the Red Lake Nation
and the White Earth Nation. While the city of Bemidji proper claims
a population of around 15,000, as a regional hub it provides goods,
services, and employment to nearly 100,000 Minnesotans.
BSU and NTC are members of the Minnesota State system of 30
colleges and seven universities, encompassing a total of 54
campuses in 47 Minnesota communities. The third-largest system of
higher education in the nation, Minnesota State annually serves
more than 340,000 students.
Reporting to the chancellor, the president will possess strong
leadership skills necessary to provide vision and direction to both
Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University. He/she
will have a reputation as a leader with vision for the future of
higher education. An earned doctorate is preferred, but not
HOW TO APPLY
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Bemidji
State University and Northwest Technical College in this search.
Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Confidential
inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed
to Greenwood/Asher & Associates. For a full application package
please provide a cover letter, CV, and list of five references.
Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly
encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of
confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected.
Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will
continue until an appointment is made.
PLEASE DIRECT INQUIRIES NOMINATIONS, AND APPLICATION MATERIALS
Co-Founder, Greenwood Asher & Associates
and Vice President & Managing Partner, Kelly
Senior Executive Search Consultant
at Greenwood Asher & Associates
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System is an
Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. Candidates with hearing or
speech disabilities may contact us via preferred telecommunications
To learn more about Minnesota State, please visit MinnState.edu
To learn more about Bemidji State University and Northwest
Technical College, please visit https://www.bemidjistate.edu/