BISMARCK, N.D. - The Bismarck State College presidential search committee today recommended to the State Board of Higher Education three finalists for the position of BSC president.
The finalists are Gary E. Johnson, David J. Mathieu and Larry C. Skogen. The search committee interviewed five semifinalists, who also met with campus and community members during open forums Sept. 25 - 28. One of the five finalists, Jerome R. Migler, withdrew from the search Oct. 1. Migler is the current provost at the Moorhead Campus - Minnesota State Community & Technical College.
A brief description of each finalist follows.
Gary E. Johnson, Ph.D. - Johnson has been assistant vice president for research at the University of North Dakota since August 2005. From 2002 to 2005, he was professor of earth system science and policy and executive officer, Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at UND. Prior to joining UND, he held various positions in industry, government and academia in several locations. He holds an A.A. degree from Bismarck State College, a Ph.B. in geography and an M.S. in geography and political science from the University of North Dakota, and a Ph.D. in geography, regional economics and remote sensing from Indiana State University. Dr. Johnson was BSC's 2005 Alumnus of the Year.
David J. Mathieu, Ed.D. - Mathieu is a special assistant to the vice chancellor for academic affairs: International Education and Teacher Education, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Until August, he served as vice president for academic and student affairs at Normandale Community College, Bloomington, Minn., a position he had held since 1998. From 1971 to 1998, Dr. Mathieu was employed by several other colleges in the U.S. and Japan in various positions as a dean or as a faculty member. He holds a B.A. in American Indian studies and an M.A. in American studies, both from the University of Minnesota, and an Ed.D. in higher education administration from the University of South Dakota.
Larry C. Skogen, Ph.D. - Skogen is academic dean and deputy superintendent for academic affairs at New Mexico Military Academy, Roswell, N.M. He has held this position since 2001. He has taught history in collegiate and military settings, and also served in other capacities in the U.S. Air Force, most recently as director of operations and inspector general of the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming from 1998-2001. In 2004, Dr. Skogen was an educational consultant to the United Arab Emirates. He holds a B.S. in secondary education from Dickinson (N.D.) State University, an M.A. in history from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, and a Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University, Tempe.
Finalists will be interviewed by the SBHE, tentatively later in October. The beginning date for the new president is subject to negotiation with the successful candidate.
Gordon Binek, BSC vice president for college advancement and federal relations, is serving as interim president until the new president begins. Donna S. Thigpen, who served as BSC president for 11 years, retired in June.