The Minnesota State Board of Trustees and Chancellor Devinder Malhotra invite nominations and applications for the position of President of Northland Community & Technical College. The President reports to the Chancellor.


We seek an experienced, innovative leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and vision to help fulfill the college’s mission of serving the community and supporting the economy of Northwest Minnesota and beyond. With a focus on providing high-value, accessible higher education and advanced training in a supportive environment, the next President will have the opportunity to work with a talented faculty, staff and administrative team to strengthen enrollment and retention. The successful candidate will be energetic, creative, and a strong relationship-builder who understands the vital role that small colleges play in their communities.


Northland is a comprehensive two-year community and technical college with campuses in East Grand Forks, MN, and Thief River Falls, MN, as well as two satellite sites, including the Aerospace Site at Thief River Falls Airport.


Northland offers over 80 program options, including robust liberal arts and transfer pathway programs, which offer students the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. In 2020 the liberal arts program was ranked #24 in the nation by GradReports for delivering impressive earning potential and the second-lowest tuition cost when compared to other top 25 institutions. In fall 2020, Northland launched an innovative Z-Degree program that allows students to attain an associate of arts degree while incurring no textbook costs to make college more affordable for our students.


Northland also offers a wide range of career and technical degrees and certificates that lead directly to employment. Northland is a leader in healthcare education, offering over 17 high-demand career programs in health and human services, including nursing, physical and occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, and radiological technology.


Northland’s campuses are based in a region packed with things to do. Minnesota’s great northwest, where the prairie meets the north woods, naturally offers plenty to explore. Nestled amidst the lakes, forests, rivers, and scenic landscapes, you will find adventure and many natural wonders to enjoy. Vibrant towns offer specialty shops, art and music festivals, and dining of all kinds. And there is no hibernating in winter, not with snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing, and more to enjoy!


The College is a member of the Minnesota State system, which is comprised of 37 public two-year colleges and four-year universities. The system serves over 350,000 students per year in credit and noncredit courses.


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




RH Perry & Associates, a retained executive search firm, is supporting the Northland Community & Technical College 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 6, 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 here, or at


For further information, please contact:

Dr. Joanne Bashford

Senior Consultant

(305) 467-9488


Mr. Paul G. Doeg

President and Chief Operating Officer

(406) 220-2129


RH Perry & Associates

206 East Chestnut Street, suite C

Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 785-1394


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.



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 relay services.


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