President Richard Hanson, presidential search advisory committee chair, said two candidates remain under consideration for president of MSU Moorhead. The Board of Trustees is scheduled to name the 11th president at its April 23 meeting. The two candidates are Anne Blackhurst and Carlos Vargas-Aburto. Sam Minner withdrew his candidacy prior to April 10th interviews with Chancellor Rosenstone, MnSCU Trustees, and senior administrators. On Monday, April 28, Chancellor Rosenstone will introduce the president-elect at a reception in the CMU Ballroom at 1 pm. Details for this event are being finalized.
Anne Blackhurst has served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Minnesota State University Moorhead since 2011. Previously, she served at Minnesota State University, Mankato as acting vice president for academic and student affairs from 2010 to 2011, as interim dean and dean of graduate studies and research from 2006 to 2010, as chair of the department of counseling and student personnel from 2000 to 2001 and 2005 to 2006, and as professor in the department of counseling and student personnel from 2004 to 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Boise State University, a master’s degree in counseling from the College of Idaho, and a doctorate in college student personnel from Ohio University. She will visit the MSUM campus on April 1.
Carlos Vargas‐Aburto has served at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania as provost and vice president for academic and student affairs since 2011 and as provost and vice president for academic affairs from 2006 to 2011. Previously, he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Central State University (OH) from 2003 to 2006, and at Kent State University in several capacities including director, program on electron beam technology from 2000 to 2003, associate dean for research from 2001 to 2003, interim assistant dean for research from 1998 to 2000, interim assistant dean from 1996 to 1998, as professor from 1996 to 2003, and associate/visiting associate professor from 1985 to 1996. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the National University of Mexico, and a master’s degree in aerospace science, a master’s degree in physics, and a doctorate in physics and aerospace science from the University of Michigan. He will visit the MSUM campus on April 4.