Qualifications & Characteristics

The successful candidate will demonstrate most, if not all, of these qualifications: 

  • Strong leadership skills necessary to provide vision and direction to both Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University
  • A reputation as a leader with vision for the future of higher education
  • Progressively responsible experience in higher education administration or other extraordinary leadership experiences at a complex organization
  • Experience and leadership with shared governance, demonstrating a collegial and collaborative management style
  • Willingness to work in a collective bargaining environment
  • An appropriate combination of education, training and experience in program and curriculum development, fundraising, governmental relations, accreditation process, as well as budget and fiscal management
  • A record of actions reflecting concern for the success and well-being of students
  • Fosters and promotes public/private partnerships between education and business and industry, community leaders, and organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to lead in an innovative environment and encourage out-of-the-box thinking
  • Success in data-based decision making
  • Ability to lead the campuses in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner with integrity and respect
  • Demonstrated experience advancing diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with Native nations, tribal colleges and Indigenous communities
  • Proven track record of being a visible, engaged and accessible presence with students, alumni, community leaders, and friends
  • Willingness to work with K-12 systems and other colleges
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills effective with broad range of audiences
  • An earned doctorate is preferred but not required