Valentine a finalist for chancellor at Iowa college districtPublished 11:12am Thursday, February 17, 2011
Minnesota State Community and Technical College President Ann Valentine has been named a finalist for the chancellor position at Eastern Iowa Community College District.
Valentine has been named one of three finalists for the position, which encompasses three community colleges in Eastern Iowa.
The other finalists are Don Doucette, senior vice president and provost of Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana and Karen Vickers, president of Clinton Community College and vice chancellor for student development for the district. Clinton Community College is one of the three schools in the Eastern Iowa Community College District.
Valentine would be returning to her roots if chosen as chancellor. She is an Iowa native who graduated from Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids — about 80 miles from Eastern Iowa College’s base in Davenport, Iowa.
She earned an associate’s degree from Kirkwood Community College and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history at Mount Mercy College, both in Cedar Rapids, before earning her doctorate in higher education from Iowa State University.
Valentine told the Quad Cities Times in Davenport that she is impressed by the the district’s vision and “forward-looking” nature and said her Iowa roots were part of her decision to seek the job.
“This would be coming home for me,” she told the paper.
Valentine took the helm as the president of M State in July 2005.
She previously served for five years as vice president and provost at Gateway Technical College, Kenosha Campus, in Kenosha, Wis., according to her M State bio.
Before serving on the Gateway campus, she was the dean for instructional services at Independence Community College in Independence, Kan.
Valentine has been under fire by some in the Fergus Falls and M State community the past two weeks after the school announced that Anna Wasescha resigned as provost at the Fergus Falls campus.