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GRCC Provost becomes presidential finalist for St. Cloud Minnesota Technical and Community College

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By Tara Woods – The Collegiate Staff

Grand Rapids Community College Provost Laurie Chesley, has been named a finalist in the presidential search at St. Cloud Minnesota Technical & Community College in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

According to the school’s website, Chesley is one of four finalists along with Annessea Cheek, executive vice president of Sinclair Community College in Ohio, Uptal Goswam, president of MCC-Metropolitan Community College district and Michel Seymour, vice president of academic and student affairs at Lake Superior College in Minnesota.

Chesley is scheduled to visit the college from Feb. 13 through Feb. 16 according to the college website. She earned her English Ph.D., at Notre Dame University, and has 18 years of leadership experience in higher education. Chesley spent four years as GRCC’s Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences before being promoted to provost in 2014.

During her career, Chesley has been a recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Faculty Excellence Award, the National Chair Academy Regional Teaching and Learning Leadership Award, and the Michigan Chapter of the American Council of Education Network’s Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award.

Between GRCC and SCTCC, it appears that SCTCC is a smaller school. According to the SCTCC 2017 FactBook SCTCC’s 2016 fall enrollment was 4,412 while GRCC’s 2016 fall enrollment was 14,465.

According to SCTCC Marketing and Communications staff member, Kate Wallace, the search for the new president began in September of 2017 and will conclude on March 21 of this year with the approval of the new president at the Minnesota State Board Meeting.

The Collegiate could not reach Chesley for comment Tuesday.

This story was edited for additional content on Wednesday.

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