- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A committee searching for the next president of Minot State University has narrowed the list of candidates to four.

Thirty-seven people applied to succeed retiring President David Fuller. The search committee pared the list last month and on Tuesday interviewed the eight remaining finalists by videoconference.

The chosen semifinalists are Valley City State University President Steven Shirley; Martin Slann, dean of the college of arts and sciences at the University of Texas in Tyler; Nicholas Piccolo, vice president for student life at Alma College in Alma, Mich.; and Lorrie Clemo, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Oswego.

The search committee will conduct in-person interviews over four days next week and forward the names of three finalists to the state Board of Higher Education, which oversees North Dakota’s eleven public colleges and universities. That group is to interview the finalists and name a president when it meets at Minot State on Feb. 27.

Terry Hjelmstad, a member of the Board of Higher Education and chairman of the search committee, said Tuesday’s interviews were “impressive.”

“We are confident that we will find the right person for the job,” he said.

Fuller in 2004 was named the eighth president of the century-old northern North Dakota university that has about 3,500 students. He is stepping down in June.

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