Dr. Larry Lundblad of Minnesota the First Finalist to Interview for Cloud County Community College's Open President Position

By Toby Nosker
KNCK News Director

The first finalist for Cloud County Community College's open president position, Dr. Larry Lundblad of Minnesota, visited the college's Concordia campus this week.

As KNCK News was the first to report in August, Cloud County Community College President Dr. Danette Toone is resigning her position, effective December 31st. Dr. Toone, the sixth president and first female president in the college's 50-year history, has served as the president of Cloud County Community College since July 2010.

Application packets for those interested in the position were due to the Presidential Search Committee by October 15th. The college received 34 applications. Last month, they conducted interviews with eight candidates via Zoom Video Conferencing technology. The search was narrowed down to three candidates: Dr. Larry Lundblad, Dr. Mark Smith and Dr. Adrian Henderson Douglas, all who will be on campus for interviews.

Lundblad is in Concordia and Junction City November 13th through November 15th. Lundblad has served as a consultant for the Higher Learning Commission for one year following his retirement in 2016 after spending ten years as President of Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples, Minnesota. During Dr. Lunblad's tenure at South Central College in North Mankato and Fairbault, Minnesota, he served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs for 13 years, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction for two years, and curriculum specialist for three years.

Dr. Lundblad received his Ph.D. with an emphasis in Technical Education and Adult Education and Training and Development from the University of Minnesota. He has a bachelor's degree in History and Political Science from Minnesota State University, as well as a bachelor's in horticulture and agronomy from Iowa State University. He has masters' degrees in continuing studies and industrial psychology, both from Minnesota State University.

Among other honors, Dr. Lundblad received the awards of President of the Year - Minnesota State College Student Association in 2016, and the Shirley B. Gorton Award of Distrinction for Support of Phi Theta Kappa in 2012. Dr. Lundblad also has a strong history of work with foreign exchange and service learning projects in ten countries. Dr. Lundblad has been actively involved in his community as a member of Rotary Club, board member for the Lakewood Health System and the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program.

Dr. Lundblad sat down with KNCK News Director Toby Nosker Monday, November 13th to discuss his interest in the president position at Cloud County Community College:

Smith, who is currently the vice president of educational services at Temple College in Temple, Texas, will be in Concordia November 15th through the 17th, while Henderson Douglas, who is the vice president of business services at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, is scheduled to be on campus November 19th through the 21st.