Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College — President

The Minnesota State Board of Trustees and Chancellor Devinder Malhotra invite nominations and applications for the position of President of Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) and Inver Hills Community College (Inver Hills).

The president is the chief executive officer for both colleges, reporting to the chancellor, and is responsible for a service mission in technical and transfer programs, as well as business training and development, which conforms with Board of Trustees’ policies and goals.

DCTC and Inver Hills are two of Minnesota’s thirty community colleges and utilize a “shared service” model in which certain administrative functions, e.g., Information Technology, are shared by both institutions. Each institution is accredited separately by The Higher Learning Commission and each enjoys full accreditation status. Both colleges have positive institutional cultures, in part because of a commitment to shared governance.

Different employee groups work well together to serve students and business and industry. Both colleges utilize collective bargaining and labor relations within them are positive as well. The successful candidate will embrace shared governance and respect collective bargaining principles.

The two colleges are located in Dakota County, which is comprised of 20 cities and 13 townships just south of St. Paul with a population of 425,000. DCTC has 99 certificate and diploma offerings and 59 associate programs. Inver Hills has 29 certificate and diploma offerings and 40 associate programs. Enrollment at DCTC is 2,274 and is 4,104 at Inver Hills. 29% of DCTC and 33% of Inver Hills total enrollment are students of color. Among the key DCTC academic programs are Construction and Manufacturing, Health Education, and STEM. Key programs at Inver Hills are Business, Fine Arts and Justice Studies.

Minnesota State is the largest single provider of higher education in the state. With 37 institutions, including 30 community and technical and seven state universities, Minnesota State serves 64 percent of the state’s undergraduate student population.

Students and employers alike count on Minnesota State to provide extraordinary education. Our colleges and universities are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and many of the academic programs offered have received specialized accreditations.

Reporting to the chancellor, the president of Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College will possess strong leadership skills necessary to provide vision and direction to the colleges, community and the Minnesota State system. He/she will have a reputation as a leader with vision for the future of higher education/college, and champion of the technical and community college mission. An earned doctorate is preferred, but not required.


This is a confidential search process. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than January 7, 2020. The position will remain open until filled.

To apply go to acctsearches.org and upload your documents.

Candidates will need to have the following information or materials available to complete the application:

  1. A letter of application (not to exceed 5 pages) that succinctly addresses the opportunities and challenges identified in the Position Profile and demonstrates how the candidate’s experience and professional qualifications prepare them to serve as the President of Dakota County Technical College/Inver Hills Community College.
  2. A current resume including an email address and cellular telephone number.
  3. A list of eight references: example, two to three supervisors, two to three direct reports and two to three faculty and/or staff members from current and former institutions.

For additional information, nominations or confidential inquiries, contact:

Daniel LaVista
Ph.D., ACCT Search Consultant

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

To learn more about Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College, please visit dctc.edu and inverhills.edu