Three Semifinalists for President of Minnesota State Community and Technical College Named

Posted: April 13, 2012

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Campus visits scheduled for the week of April 16

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) has named three semifinalists who are under consideration to be president of Minnesota State Community and Technical College. The candidates are Martyn Clay, Cheri Jimeno and Ron Langrell III.

The candidates were recommended by a search advisory committee composed of students, faculty, staff and community leaders and chaired by Joyce Helens, president of St. Cloud Technical and Community College. The three candidates will visit each of the college’s four campuses – Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena - during the week of April 16. The campus visits present an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and members of the community to meet and offer feedback on each of the candidates.

Martyn Clay has served as provost for academic and student affairs at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell since 2010. Previously, he was vice president of student affairs and enrollment services at Bainbridge College in Georgia; associate vice president of academic and student affairs, college registrar and director of admissions at St. Petersburg College in Florida; associate university registrar and assistant university registrar at Southeast Missouri State University; and is retired from active duty in the U.S. Army. Clay holds a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, a master’s degree from Webster University in Missouri and an Ed.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His visits to the Minnesota State Community and Technical College campuses will take place April 18-19.

Cheri Jimeno has served as president of New Mexico State University Alamogordo since 2007. Previously, she was the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs and a professor of business at Montana State University-Northern; dean of the School of Education, Business and Technology,associate professor and department chair of business at the University of Montana –Western and a Fulbright lecturer at the College of the Bahamas. Jimeno holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana, Missoula; a master’s degree from Montana State University, Bozeman; and a Ph.D. from Utah State University. Her visits to the Minnesota State Community and Technical College campuses will take place April 16-17.

Ron Langrell III has served as executive vice president at Riverland Community College since August 2005. Previously, he served as vice president of instruction and instructional director of vocational-technical and continuing education, and instructional director of continuing education at Walla Walla Community College in Washington; and director of student services personnel at the College of Southern Idaho. Langrell holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and an education specialist degree, all from the University of Idaho; and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. His visits to the Minnesota State Community and Technical College campuses will take place April 18-19.

The MnSCU Board of Trustees is expected to act on Chancellor Steven Rosenstone’s recommendation on a final candidate at its May 16 meeting. The new president is expected to begin July 1, 2012.