Central Lakes College's four finalists for vice president of academic and student affairs are Joanna Blount, Kathleen Brock, David Mathieu and Joe Opatz.
They have participated in search committee interviews and campus forums.
Blount has a doctor of education degree in community college leadership from Oregon State University and a master's degree in counseling and educational psychology from Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pa.
She has served as the assistant to the vice president of instruction and student services since February 2006 at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, Ore., and was the associate dean of collegiate and professional technical education from October 2001 to February 2006.
Brock received her doctor of philosophy in 1994 from Iowa State University in administration of higher education with emphasis in community college administration and received her master's degree from the University of South Dakota in adult and higher education.
She is vice president of instruction and learning services at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Iowa, where she has served in this position since August 2005.
Previously, Brock served as vice president of community education and academic support from April 2003 to August 2005.
Mathieu received his doctor of education degree in higher education administration from the University of South Dakota and his master's degree in American studies from the University of Minnesota.
Since August 2006, Mathieu has served as special assistant to the vice chancellor for academic affairs: international education and special projects for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
Mathieu also served as vice president for academic and student affairs at Normandale Community College in Bloomington from 1998 until 2006.
Opatz earned his doctor of philosophy in higher education from the University of Minnesota and his master's degree in counseling and student personnel from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
He is serving as interim vice president of academic and student affairs at Central Lakes College and served as interim president from July 2005 to June.
Previously, Opatz served as interim executive dean and dean of instructional programs at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Anoka, was a legislator in the Minnesota House and also served as associate vice president for academic affairs at St. Cloud State University.
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