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Minot State to Interview Four VPAA Candidates

Posted on 2/21/2011

Four finalists have been selected to interview for the position of vice president for academic affairs at Minot State University. The first candidate will be Pamela Kalbfleisch, Mekinock, N.D., who will visit the community and campus Tuesday (Feb. 22). Lenore Koczon, Rosemont, Pa., will interview March 2, and Frank Harrold, St. Cloud, Minn., will be on campus March 9. The fourth candidate is Jack Geller, Mankato, Minn., whose visit is slated for March 11.

The interviews will follow the same format, including presentations by each of the candidates on "Vision 2013 - Up to and Beyond: The Role of the VPAA Regarding Faculty, Student, Staff and Administration Engagement with Our Great Plains Region," followed by questions. The public is invited. Kalbfleisch's session is Tuesday (Feb. 22), 2-3 p.m., in the Conference Center (Student Center, third floor). Koczon's open forum is March 2, 1-2 p.m., in Aleshire Theater of Hartnett Hall. Harrold's presentation is March 9, 2-3 p.m. in the Conference Center. Geller concludes the open forums March 11, 2-3 p.m. in the Conference Center.

Since 2010, Kalbfleisch has been the special assistant to the president for strategic initiatives at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. In addition to her special assistant duties, she teaches communication. For 2009 to 2010, she was an American Council on Education fellow in the Office of the President at Roosevelt University, Chicago, Ill. Kalbfleisch completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Boise State University, Idaho, a Master of Arts degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and a doctorate in communication from Michigan State University, East Lansing.

Koczon is the academic dean, undergraduate college, at Rosemont College, Pa. From 1996 to 2005, she was the director of the University College at Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D. She was at NSU for 15 years. Koczon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame, Ind., and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Since 2008, Harrold has been dean of the College of Social Sciences at St. Cloud State University, Minn. He served as dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences at the University of Nebraska at Kearney from 2000 to 2008. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from Loyola University, Chicago, and studied at that university's John Felice Rome Center in Italy. He served two years in the U.S. Navy and began graduate training in anthropology at the University of Chicago. He holds a Master of Arts degree and a doctoral degree in anthropology from U of C.

Geller is currently head of the Liberal Arts and Education Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. He served as the founding president of the Center for Rural Policy and Development, St. Peter, Minn., from 1998 to 2007. It is Minnesota's only statewide, non-partisan rural policy research center. Geller received a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Montana State University, Bozeman, a Master of Science degree in rural sociology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and a doctorate in rural sociology from Iowa State University, Ames.

The search committee is chaired by Conrad Davidson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. For questions, contact Davidson at 858-3159 or

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