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NIACC Board announces college presidential search finalists


MASON CITY – Four candidates have been chosen to be interviewed for the presidency at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC).

“We are very pleased to announce the finalists in our presidential search,” said NIACC Board Chair Toni Noah of Charles City. “We feel confident that we have four excellent candidates before us. The NIACC President is a vital position in North Central Iowa. This person leads the College and is also a key partner in area economic growth and vitality. We will continue to keep the NIACC family and the public informed as we move forward in choosing our next president.”

The candidates were selected during a thorough process, starting with a screening committee comprised of three Iowa Community College presidents who considered 36 applicants. A search committee consisting of NIACC employees and members of the community then conducted video interviews with seven candidates on Sept. 3. Search consultant Larry Ebbers of Iowa State University presented the committee’s four finalists to the NIACC Board of Directors during a special session on September 4.

Candidate interviews are scheduled to take place Sept. 16, 17, 23 and 24 on the NIACC campus. The four finalists and their interview dates are listed below.

Ann Valentine (Campus Visit:  Monday, September 16)


·         Ph.D., 1998, Iowa State University (Ames, IA), Higher Education

·         M.P.A., 1989, Iowa State University (Ames, IA), Public Administration

·         B.A., 1980, Mount Mercy College (Cedar Rapids, IA) (no major listed)
Experience (three most recent positions):

·         July 2011-present, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College, Wabash Valley Region (Greencastle, IN)

·         July 2005-June 2011, President, Minnesota State Community and Technical College (four campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead, and Wadena, MN)

·         June 2000-July 2005, Vice President/Provost, Kenosha Campus, Gateway Technical College (Kenosha, WI)


Steven Schulz (Campus Visit: Tuesday, September 17)


·         Ph.D., 2009, Iowa State University (Ames, IA), Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

·         Education Specialist, 2002, Drake University (Des Moines, IA)

·         M.A., 1989, University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA), Educational Administration

·         B.A., 1983, Illinois State University (Normal, IL), Education, History

Experience (three most recent positions):

·         2006-present, Provost, Des Moines Area Community College (Ankeny, IA)

·         2004-2006, 2 + 2 Coordinator, University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA)

·         2000-2004, Superintendent, Carroll Community School (Carroll, IA)


Steve Carignan (Campus Visit:  Monday, September 23)


·         Ph.D., 2012, Iowa State University (Ames, IA), Higher Education Leadership

·         M.A., 1992, University of Maine (Orono, ME), Theatre

·         B.A., 1985, Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA), History (pre-law) and Theatre and Dramatic Literature
Experience (three most recent positions):

·         June 2012-present, Associate Dean, College of Humanities Arts and Sciences, University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA)

·         March 2006-June 2012, Assistant Vice President, Administration and Finance, University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA)

·         July 2002-March 2006, Executive Director, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC), University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA)


Greg Schmitz (Campus Visit:  Tuesday, September 24)


·         Ph.D., 2008, Iowa State University (Ames, IA), Education Leadership

·         M.Ed., 2006, Iowa State University (Ames, IA), Higher Education

·         B.A., 1983, Wartburg College (Waverly, IA), Business Administration
Experience (three most recent positions):

·         2011-present, President of The VGM Group (Waterloo, IA)

·         2006-2011, President, Hawkeye Community College (Waterloo, IA)

·         2003-2006, Vice President for Business and Finance, Hawkeye Community College (Waterloo, IA)

Each candidate will spend a full day on campus in interviews with various College boards and employee groups. Each candidate’s schedule will include two open forums. The public is invited to attend those and meet the candidates. Those will be held at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on each interview day, in room 101 of the NIACC Activity Center. NIACC is located at 500 College Drive in Mason City.

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