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Interviews set for dean of Student Services at Northwest Technical College

Mary Ward and Harry Cottrell, the semifinalists for the position of dean of Student Services at Northwest Technical College, will be interviewed today, Oct. 27, and Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Northwest Technical College.

The semifinalists were recommended by a search committee chaired by NTC counselor Debbie Drinkard Grovum.

Ward is director of the Advising Success Center at Bemidji State University. Previously, she was director of Student Services at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Wadena, Minn. She holds a bachelor's degree in vocational education from BSU and a master's degree in education leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in education leadership at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D.

Her background includes student services supervisory leadership experience in a two-year college environment coupled with formal education, curriculum development, and classroom teaching. She has served in a number of roles in community leadership and has worked closely with the K-12 system.

Cottrell is the supervisor of the Center for Lifelong Learning at Lake Superior College in Duluth. Previously, he has worked as director of Admissions and Enrollment Management at Lake Superior College; director of Grants, Planning and Institutional Research at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Ill.; director of the Individualized Certificate Program in Centralia, Wash.; registrar at Nicolet Area Technical College in Rhinelander, Wis.; assistant to the president in Research, Planning and Enrollment and Inver Hills Community College at Inver Grove Heights, Minn. He has an associate's degree from College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif., and a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.

Cottrell has 30 years of administrative experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, including more than 25 years in community and technical colleges working in academic affairs, workforce development, continuing education, student services, research, marketing, enrollment management, strategic planning and grant writing and as a college faculty member.

The finalist will fill the new dean position that was approved by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The search committee will conduct interviews and make a recommendation to Bruce Hemstad, dean of Academic Affairs, and Lisa Erwin, vice president of Student Services, who will make the final recommendation to President Jon Quistgaard.