Finalists Named for Interim Dean of Northwest Technical College

Dr. Faith Hensrud, president of Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University, today named James D. Clark, Paula T. Langteau and Thomas M. Whelihan as finalists for the position of interim dean of Northwest Technical College.

Each candidate will hold public forums at NTC as part of their on-campus interviews.

  • 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 – Paula Langteau
  • 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5 – James Clark
  • 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 – Thomas Whelihan

All three public forums will be held in Room 328 on the NTC campus.

James D. Clark
James Clark served as dean of academic affairs at Northwest Technical College from 2012-2014 and was interim dean of academic affairs and Chief Academic Officer at the college from 2011-12. Prior to that, he was a member of NTC’s faculty for two years and taught at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, Minn., for two years. He also has held faculty positions at North Dakota State University and Mississippi State University.

Clark has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Tarleton State University and a master’s degree in land planning from the University of Arizona.

Paula T. Langteau
Paula Langteau was campus executive officer and dean of the University of Wisconsin-Marinette from 2004-2015 and is currently on leave from her position as senior special assistant to the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin colleges.

Prior to that, Langteau spent five years at Nicolet Area Technical College in Rhinelander, Wis. as dean of instruction and dean of teaching and learning, and 12 years at Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur, first as an associate professor of English and as a faculty development specialist and director of the college’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

Langteau has a bachelor’s degree in English from Eureka College, a master’s degree in English from Ball State University and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Thomas M. Whelihan
Thomas Whelihan spent nearly 20 years at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes, including nearly four years as senior dean of academic affairs. Prior to that position, he spent a year as interim provost at the college and three years as dean of student services.

Whelihan has bachelor’s degrees in psychology and political science from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin Superior.

BSU and NTC are interviewing the trio of candidates in search of a successor for Bob Griggs, BSU/NTC vice president of innovation and extended learning who served as interim dean of the college for the last two years. He joined the BSU administration in 2000 as dean of distance learning and summer session, and held a variety of other roles before assuming the NTC interim dean role in 2014. In July, Griggs announced his departure to accept the presidency at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he begins work on Sept. 1.

MNState-75x150Northwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, is an open, inviting technological learning organization. For more than 40 years, the college has valued life-long learning and the worth and dignity of all people. The college serves 900 students with a high-quality education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. NTC offers nearly 60 degree, diploma and certificate programs in areas such as business, health, human and protective services and environmental and industrial technology. Classes are offered on the Bemidji campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State. For more, visit