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WORTHINGTON — Barbara McDonald, provost at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, has been named interim president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.


McDonald’s appointment becomes effective July 1.

The 15-member Minnesota State Colleges and Universities board of trustees unanimously approved Chancellor Steven Rosenstone’s nomination of McDonald.

“Dr. McDonald is extremely well prepared for the position. She understands rural Minnesota, and understands what it means to work across multiple campuses,” Rosenstone said.

McDonald will serve until June 30, 2015. She succeeds Richard Shrubb, who has announced his retirement. A national search will be conducted to find a permanent replacement.

McDonald has been at Itasca Community College since 2000, serving as provost since last year. She also has served as dean of academic affairs and student services, and as director of institutional effectiveness. Before her tenure at Itasca, she was a faculty member and assessment coordinator at Rainy River Community College.

McDonald holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a master’s in teaching English as a foreign language from the American University in Cairo and a doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota.