Ridgewater College — President

Ridgewater College seeks a visionary leader to work with students, faculty, staff, and the community to advance its mission of providing quality education opportunities for diverse student learners. Ridgewater is a dual-campus community and technical college that serves as a critically important resource for the students and communities of rural West Central Minnesota, especially the cities of Willmar and Hutchinson where the campuses are located.

The college serves more than 5,000 students through its nearly 100 academic programs and more than 68,000 training hours for individuals and businesses through customized training and continuing education. While both campuses offer a liberal arts education, technical educational programs vary by location. Several programs have gained a regional and national reputation for distinction, including the Nondestructive Testing Program and the award-winning Veterinary Technician Program.

Ridgewater College is one of the region’s most important economic drivers, which results in strong partnerships with regional business and industry, including active advisory programs that help shape curricula and ensure that Ridgewater graduates have the skills employers need. This role in the region also is reflected by the support afforded to the Ridgewater Foundation, which provides between $225,000 and $275,000 annually in student scholarships, and more than $400,000 in additional cash and non-cash support for equipment, supplies, technology enhancements, and other essentials benefiting academic programs.

Willmar and Hutchinson are regional hub communities that offer a small town feel. The area has easy access to lakes, state parks, and the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Willmar campus has the largest physical footprint of the two campuses, with over 468,000 square feet across eight buildings on more than 206 acres. The Hutchinson campus is comprised of two separate locations. The main campus is comprised of one building with over 177,000 square feet on 52+ acres. The Business Development Center, which is located a few miles away from the main campus, houses Customized Training and Continuing Education in Hutchinson with 18,000 square feet on 6+ acres.

Ridgewater College is a member of the Minnesota State system. With 30 two-year community and technical colleges and seven state universities, Minnesota State is the largest provider of higher education in the state. Minnesota State is committed to ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans; being the partner of choice to meet

Reporting to the chancellor, the Ridgewater College president 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 30 college and university presidents. As a member of the leadership council, the president contributes to the overall direction of the nation’s fourth-largest system of higher education.

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

Confidential Inquiries and Nominations

Cizek Associates, a national retained executive search and assessment firm, is assisting Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and Ridgewater College in the search. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Nominations should include the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee.

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to the search firm. Email transmission of application materials is strongly encouraged.

Marti J. Cizek, President
Cizek Associates, Inc.
2415 East Camelback Road, Suite 700
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-553-1166 fax

A complete application includes:

  • Letter of Interest aligning skills and experiences with the Position Profile (not to exceed 5 pages)
  • Resume (chronological preferred)
  • Contact information for a range of professional references (6 minimum) to include direct email and phone

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.

To learn more about Minnesota State, please visit MinnState.edu


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