After being announced March 28 as finalists to become the college's next president, the three candidates made their way to the Alexandria Technical & Community College campus last week, meeting with various groups and touring the school and the city.
Jeanine Gangeness was the first to come to Alexandria, visiting Tuesday, April 2. She was followed by Laura Driscoll on Wednesday and Michael Seymour on Thursday.
• Driscoll is currently the executive dean of continuing education at Casper College, in Wyoming, where she has worked since 2005. She has also worked for the University of North Dakota, where she obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees and a doctorate.
• Gangeness is associate vice president of academic affairs and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Winona State University. She previously had worked at Bemidji State University. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees and a doctorate from the University of North Dakota.
• Seymour is vice president of academic and student affairs at Lake Superior College in Duluth. He has worked at the University of Minnesota Duluth and Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and taught at St. Cloud State University and Riverland Community College in Minnesota. Seymour earned associate, bachelor's and master's degrees from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.
During their day-long visits, the candidates met with ATCC administration, staff, students and faculty, as well as touring the college and community. Those who met with the candidates were given a chance to provide feedback online or through a printed survey.
The three have already passed one hurdle, emerging with the recommendations of a search advisory committee that consisted of ATCC faculty, students and staff, and community representatives.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees is expected to make an appointment, based upon the recommendation of Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra, when it meets Wednesday, April 17.
A campus presentation is scheduled for Thursday, April 18, and the new president would start July 1.
Laura Urban, who is in her fifth year as president of the college, announced last August that she is retiring after the 2018-19 school year.