Before its monthly meeting this Thursday, the State Board of Higher Education will interview three candidates for the president position at Minot State University. These three finalists were nominated by a search committee chaired by Dr. Terry Hjelmstad, vice chair of the Board. The interviews are scheduled from 8:10 a.m. – 11 a.m. The Board will then go into executive session to consider the candidates. The final vote will be in public immediately following the executive session.
Get to know the finalists
Martin Slann, Ph.D., currently serves as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, Texas. Dr. Slann comes to Minot State with more than 30 years’ experience in classroom teaching, the pursuit of scholarship and various administrative posts. Throughout his career, Dr. Slann has had a commitment to communication with students through teaching introductory courses while serving in administration and regular meetings with student leaders. Dr. Slann refers to himself as a servant leader who values transparency and mutual respect. His past work experience includes serving as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Macon State College and Director of Academic Affairs at Penn State University – Wilkes Barre.
Steven Shirley, Ph.D., currently serves as the president of Valley City State University (VCSU). He comes to Minot State with 17 years’ experience in higher education at three institutions. Dr. Shirley has successfully fostered relationships with the community, faculty/staff, students, legislative and executive branch, alumni and university supporters during his time at VCSU, and says that he is looking forward to building and enhancing those same kinds of relationships at Minot State. Dr. Shirley’s past work experience includes serving as an assistant professor and Director of Study Abroad at the University of Minnesota, Crookston and Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Dakota State University. Dr. Shirley is a Fargo native with strong ties to the Minot community. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a two-year-old daughter, Anna.
Lorrie Clemo, Ph.D., currently serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego). During her 25 years at SUNY Oswego, Dr. Clemo has served in multiple leadership roles including Chair of the Intercollegiate Athletic Board, Director of the Public Administration and Policy Program, Assistant to the President for Special Programs and Campus Communications, and Chief of Staff. She describes her leadership style as strategic and execution-focused. “I have the privilege of helping to build a better future by shaping the destiny of future generations and leaders of tomorrow,” she said. Building on her experience tending to cultural and social needs and addressing diverse educational requirements, Dr. Clemo hopes to build on Minot State’s inclusive culture and help the institution meet growing student and workforce demands.