Posted: March 5, 1998

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Five finalists for the presidency of Pine Technical College have been invited to participate in campus interviews beginning Monday, March 16. The new president will replace Eugene Biever, who is retiring June 30, 1998, and has served as president since 1981. The candidates are Gene R. Christiaansen, Harriet Gurian Friedstein, Robert L. Musgrove, Thomas J. Quinn and Gary L. Rhodes.

Christiaansen is dean of workforce development and extended campus programs at Lake Superior College in Duluth, where he has worked since 1994. Prior to this he was president of Southwestern Technical College in Canby, Minnesota, for three years and held several other administrative and faculty positions in other states.

Gurian Friedstein has served as vice president of academic affairs for Southern State Community College in Hillsboro, Ohio, since 1995. She was previously director of community education for Monroe Community College, Rochester, New York, and served in numerous administrative and faculty posts. Gurian Friedstein holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Buffalo.

Musgrove has served as dean of instruction for Texas State Technical College at Sweetwater since 1989 and headed the institution's English department from 1986 to 1987. He has published numerous articles and delivered presentations on technology in education. Musgrove holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Quinn served as assistant director for Mitchell Technical Institute, Mitchell, South Dakota, from 1992 to 1996 where he supervised all faculty, staff and administrative functions for the campus. Prior to this he was director of secondary vocational programs for Duluth Public Schools and taught vocational agriculture for 21 years. Quinn holds an Ed. D. in educational administration from the University of South Dakota.

Rhodes has been vice president for York County Technical College in Maine since 1994. Previously he served as vice president of training and development for the United Education Institute in Santa Ana, California and for eight years worked as associate dean of instruction for Rio Salado Community College, Phoenix, Arizona. Rhodes holds an Ed. D. in higher and adult education from Arizona State University.

The finalists were selected after a national search by a screening committee composed of college and community representatives. The committee was chaired by Ken Mills, president of South Central College in Mankato. After the campus interviews, the screening committee will evaluate the candidates and forward their names to Morris J. Anderson, chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Anderson will interview the finalists, along with members of the Board of Trustees. The Board is expected to appoint a president at its April meeting.

Pine Technical College serves approximately 1,000 students annually and reaches an additional 3,700 students and citizens through its partnerships with K-12 schools, correctional facilities, employers and workforce centers. The campus offers unique educational opportunities in security management, gunsmithing, locksmithing and taxidermy and has expanded its program opportunities through the use of technology.