Friday, March 16, 2007

And the winner is... 

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor James H. McCormick said today he will recommend that the Board of Trustees appoint Earl H. Potter III as president of St. Cloud State University.

Potter, 60, has served as executive vice president and provost at Southern Oregon State University in Ashland since 2003. Previously, he was dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University; dean of the School of Management at Lesley University; director for organizational development and employment services at Cornell University; associate dean for academics at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy; a fellow for the American Council on Education in the Office of the Chancellor at the University of Colorado; and chief negotiator for management and head of the Department of Economics and Management at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy.

Source. One booster has already told me "I hope his first act is to announce we are moving athletics to Division I." Unlikely. He leaves the NAIA-member Southern Oregon after the school has just made some major cutbacks in staff, some reduction in administration (three deans are to be combined into one new deanship) and closed a German program, where he was a finalist for the president's position but missed out last year. Pretty good move to go from a school of 5000 that had declining enrollments to a school of 15000 that doesn't have that problem yet.