Posted: October 16, 1996

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Joseph M. Sertich Jr., a college administrator in Hibbing and a native of northern Minnesota, has been named president of Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids.

His appointment was recommended by Chancellor Judith Eaton of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) and approved unanimously today by the MnSCU Board of Trustees. He will begin his new duties in mid-November.

"Joe Sertich will provide excellent leadership for Itasca Community College," Eaton said. "He will bring energy, vision and a solid record of accomplishment to his new position."

Sertich now serves as vice president of Hibbing Community College, a Technical and Community College. He was president of Range Technical College-Hibbing from 1995 until this past summer when the college consolidated with Hibbing Community College. He served as vice president/CEO of the technical college campus from 1992 to 1995. Before the creation of Range Technical College, he served at Hibbing Technical College as vice president from 1990 to 1992 and safety and health training coordinator from 1979 to 1990. He also taught mine safety and health at the college from 1979 to 1990. He was a teacher in the Hudson, Wisconsin, schools from 1972 to 1979.

Sertich holds an Ed.D. in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in educational administration from Bemidji State University and a B.S. in education from Bemidji State.

He has been active in the community, serving on the boards of the Hibbing and Chisholm Chambers of Commerce, the Chisholm Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Services, the Northstar Hospice and the Arrowhead Emergency Medical Service Association.

Lawrence Dukes, the former president of Itasca Community College, accepted a position as president of Southern State Community College in Hillsboro, Ohio, on March 1, 1995.

Patrick Johns, president of Anoka-Ramsey Community College, served as chair of the presidential search committee, composed of campus and community representatives. Michael Johnson, dean of students at Itasca Community College, was campus liaison for the search.

Itasca Community College, founded in 1922, serves more than 1,300 students. The college is a member institution of MnSCU, a system of community colleges, technical colleges and state universities serving more than 151,500 students at campuses in 46 communities around the state.