Minnesota State Colleges and Universities - Rochester, MN

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Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) invites applications and nominations for president of Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC).

Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) seeks a visionary leader to work with college faculty, staff, students, and the community in an energetic pursuit of its mission. Established in 1915, RCTC is the largest higher education provider in the fastest-growing city in Minnesota, serving more than 8,000 students a year in credit courses and 3,700 in non-credit continuing and workforce education programs. RCTC combines the best in liberal arts, technical and life-long learning, offering over 70 credit-based programs with more than 130 credential options. RCTC's large 518-acre, multi-facility campus hosting two four-year university partners, diverse student body, and vibrant student life program provides a unique learning environment that offers the feel of a four-year university campus with the commitment to access and opportunity of a two-year college. Over the next two years, RCTC is building new facilities that will house the region's Workforce Center and an innovative partnership program with the Rochester Public Schools providing career and technical education to local high school students. RCTC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and participates in its Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). Visit our website at

RCTC is located in Rochester, MN, home of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, the largest private employer in the state. A newly funded public-private partnership initiative, Destination Medical Center (DMC), aimed at securing Rochester's status as a global medical destination is expected to result in over $6 billion in investments in Rochester over the next 20 years, creating over 30,000 new jobs and doubling of the population of the Rochester region. As the number one provider of trained workers to Mayo Clinic and the Rochester region, RCTC will be a critical partner in providing the education and training needed to meet employment demands. Read more about DMC at

Rochester is a unique community in the state where citizens have voted to dedicate local tax dollars supporting capital projects for higher education campuses, resulting in $29 million of support for RCTC since 1998. The College has an unparalleled relationship with the community, with approximately 55% of persons between the ages of 10-49 visiting the campus for educational, cultural, recreational, and social activities each year. Nearly 80% of the students attending RCTC will, upon completion, live and work in the area.

Rochester Community and Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. With 24 two-year colleges and seven state universities, MnSCU is the largest provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota. Under the leadership of Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, the MnSCU system is committed to ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans; being the partner of choice to meet Minnesota's workforce and community needs; and delivering to students, employers, communities, and taxpayers the highest value, most affordable option. The president will lead the college; collaborate to achieve systemwide strategies, goals, and objectives; and work to provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities.

Reporting to the chancellor of the MnSCU system, the president of Rochester Community and Technical College serves as chief executive officer responsible for leading the faculty and staff in fulfilling the college's mission. The president serves on the system's leadership council, which consists of the chancellor, the chancellor's cabinet, and the 31 college and university presidents. As a member of the leadership council, the president will contribute to the overall direction of the nation's fifth-largest system of higher education.

The successful candidate will be a strong leader and proponent of the community and technical college missions, with a demonstrated commitment to student success. While progressive responsibility in higher education administration is desirable, comparable experience in business, government, etc., will be considered. A doctoral degree is preferred but not required.

Isaacson, Miller is assisting Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and Rochester Community and Technical College in the search. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. For best consideration, materials should be provided by January 13, 2014. Nominations should include the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee. Application materials should include a cover letter, a current resume, and a list of five professional references. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:

Michelle Cruz-Williams, Vice President and Director

Katie Rockman, Associate

Isaacson, Miller

263 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02210


Phone: 617-262-6500

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The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. Candidates with hearing or speech disabilities may contact us via preferred telecommunications relay services.

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