Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Minnesota State today released the names of the 3 finalists for the job of president of Rochester Community and Technical College. The candidates were recommended by a search advisory committee that included RCTC students, faculty, staff, and community leaders. Officials say the finalists are currently scheduled to visit the Rochester campus between next Tuesday and Thursday to meet with students, faculty, staff and Rochester residents.

Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra will make a final recommendation to the higher education system’s Board of Trustees, which is expected to vote on that recommendation at a meeting on March 21st. It’s hoped the new president will be ready to report for work at the beginning of July and succeed interim RCTC President Mary Davenport. She is retiring after serving two years as the interim leader of the campus.

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Jeffery Boyd has served Tidewater Community College (VA) as the provost of the Norfolk campus since 2014. Previously, he served Elgin Community College (IL) from 2006 to 2014, Quad County Urban League in 2005, Olivet Nazarene University (IL) from 2003 to 2004, and Waubonsee Community College (IL) from 2001 to 2003. He holds an associate degree from San Joaquin Delta College (CA), a bachelor’s degree from Judson University (IL), a master’s from the University of Phoenix (AZ), and a doctorate from National Louis University (IL). His campus visit is scheduled for Thursday, February 22.



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Utpal Goswami has served as president of MCC-Maple Woods, a campus of the Metropolitan Community College district (MO), since 2013. Previously, he served the College of the Redwoods (CA) from 2010 to 2013, Yavapai College (AZ) from 2006 to 2010, St. Louis Community College-Meramec (MO) from 2001 to 2006, and Schreiner University from 1987 to 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delhi, a master’s degree from Boston University, and a master’s and a doctorate from Southern Methodist University. His campus visit is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21.




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Charles Nwankwo has served Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ) since 2014 in several capacities including his current roles as interim vice president of Academic Affairs and vice president of Information Technology & Media Services/CIO. Previously, he served SOWELA Technical Community College (LA) from 2008 to 2014, and the Houston Community College System from 1995 to 2008. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a doctorate from the University of Texas. His campus visit is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20.

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