Kenneth Wiebolt, who served Central Lakes College as a vice provost for about a decade, died this morning at his home after a prolonged illness.
Colleagues at the college remembered Wiebolt, an East Gull Lake resident, as an enthusiastic, straightforward administrator who was a strong advocate for the students.
Tina Royer, an associate vice president of academic affairs at CLC, said Wiebolt was a big presence both physically and through his personality.
"He was very robust," she said. "He loved life. He translated that love of life into a wonderful positive attitude. "
Royer said Wiebolt's down-to-earth enthusiasm was contagious. He encouraged people to have fun at work but was serious about providing the best possible services to students.
"He was very straightforward," she recalled. "No political games.
Royer also said Wiebolt was a skilled craftsman who did much of the work on his home and an avid hunter and angler.
Larry Kellerman, mass media instructor and librarian at the college, said Wiebolt served for 10 years, starting in 1985. As vice provost, Kellerman said Wiebolt was very well organized and while not every staff member might agree with a particular decision they always knew where they stood with Wiebolt.
Kellerman said Wiebolt came to the Brainerd campus from Northland Community College in Thief River Falls where he had served as provost before a reorganization in the education system.
The vice provost had a delightful sense of humor that was displayed by a deep belly laugh, CLC philosophy instructor Susan Bentley remembered.
"He had the ability to laugh at himself," she said.
She also noted his role in the merger with the Staples technical institute and the building additions at the Brainerd campus.
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