Finalists Named in Williston State College President Search

Finalists Named in Williston State College President Search

The Williston State College Presidential Search Committee, charged by the North Dakota University System to evaluate candidates for the WSC presidency, has narrowed the pool of applicants to four finalists.

Six candidates were invited to Williston for on-campus interviews this past week. During those campus visits, candidates met with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and campus and community leaders. The four finalists are:


Joshua D. Baker, Ph.D., Vice President of Instructional Services, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Clark Richard Harris, Ph.D., Special Assistant to the President, Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Bernell Hirning, Ph.D., Former Associate Vice President – Northern Region, National University, Fresno, California

Scott Molander, M.B.A., Co-Founder, Hat World, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana


Co-chairing the WSC Presidential Search Committee are Kathleen Neset, State Board of Higher Education member, and Kim Wray, WSC vice president for academic affairs and instruction.

According to Neset, the campus visits provided a great introduction to each of the candidates for the search committee, college and greater community.

“The vast interest in the WSC presidency provided us with a great opportunity to find the best possible candidates for this position,” she said. “We are grateful that these candidates were able to visit and we’re looking forward to the final interviews later this month.”

The board will conduct final interviews on the WSC campus on Thursday, April 29, with the selection of the next WSC president announced thereafter. It is anticipated that the new WSC president will assume office following the retirement of Dr. John Miller in June 2021.