- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A search committee has narrowed the list of 37 candidates for the presidency of Minot State University to eight.

The only in-state candidate remaining is Valley City State University President Steve Shirley. The others are current or former officials at schools in New York, Maryland, Vermont, Mississippi, Texas and Iowa.

The list will be narrowed to four or five after videoconference interviews on Feb. 4. The finalists will be brought to campus for in-person interviews during the week of Feb. 11, and the search committee will choose three finalists to recommend to the state Board of Higher Education. That group, which oversees the state’s 11 public colleges and universities, is to name the school’s next president when it meets at Minot State on Feb. 26.

Current Minot State President David Fuller is retiring in June from the century-old northern North Dakota university that has about 3,500 students. He was named the school’s eighth president in 2004.

The Minot Daily News reported that the eight semifinalists are Shirley; Lorrie Clemo, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Oswego; James Conneely, former president of Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore; Guiyou Huang, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.; Nicholas Piccolo, vice president for student life at Alma College in Alma, Miss.; Richard Rafes, interim dean for health professions and education at Utica College in Utica, N.Y.; Martin Slann, dean of the college of arts and sciences at the University of Texas in Tyler; and Alan Walker, former president of Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa.

“They stood out from the other 37,” search committee chairman Terry Hjelmstad told KXMC-TV. “Some of them had experience; some of them had a little bit more advanced degrees. And we found some very good qualities in the ones we selected.”

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