UMD seeks interim chancellor nominations after unsuccessful search

Published: May. 23, 2022 at 12:34 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN -- The University of Minnesota-Duluth is asking people to nominate an interim chancellor after the system decided not to hire one of the position’s original four finalists.

System President Joan Gabel shared the news in an email to students, staff, and faculty Monday morning.

After UMD Chancellor Lendley Black announced his retirement last year, the University of Minnesota conducted a nationwide search for his replacement with help from a search committee.

UMD recently brought four finalists to campus for interviews. The public was also invited to give their feedback on the candidates.

Gabel thanked everyone who participated in the search process.

She added that finding the right candidate is an opportunity, one that is “vitally important” to her, the University system, the City of Duluth and beyond.

“I am fully committed to taking the necessary action to ensure UMD’s next leader amplifies the campus’ skyward trajectory in world-class teaching, discovery, and service,” Gabel wrote.

UMD is now taking nominations for someone to serve as the interim chancellor for a two-year period.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, June 3.

Gabel plans to review the nominations with help consultants from various groups.

She said she hopes to name an interim chancellor before the end of June.

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