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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Trio of vice chancellor candidates interview at U of M Crookston

  • Baldwin set to retire this summer.
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  •     The last of three candidates seeking to be the University of Minnesota Crookston's new vice chancellor for academic affairs visited the Crookston campus Tuesday for a series of interviews, a campus forum and reception.
        Dr. Vijendra K. Agarwal was on campus Tuesday. Dr. Warren Sandmann was on campus March 27 and Dr. Lance Grahn visited campus on April 1.
        The university is conducting a national search to find a successor to Tom Baldwin, who plans to retire this summer.
        Sandmann earned his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa and his masters degree in Speech Communication from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He also earned his bachelors degree from MSUM, and is currently associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs there.
        Grahn earned his Ph.D. in Latin American History from Duke University and his masters degree in the same subject from Texas Tech. He earned his bachelors degree in History and Spanish from Abilene Christian University, and from 2008-2012 he was provost and dean of faculty/vice president for academic affairs at the University of Central Arkansas.
        Agarwal earned his Ph.D. in physics from I.I.T. Roorkee in India, his masters in physics from Meerut University in India, and his bachelors degree in physics, chemistry and mathematics from Agra University in India. He's currently the dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
        UMC faculty and staff on the search committee include Brian Dingmann, George French, Kim Gillette, Michelle Christopherson, Kenneth Johnson, Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson, Denis Maier, Peter Phaiah, Dan Svedarsky, Kristie Walker and Lyle Westrom. Adam Switzer, president of the Crookston Student Association, is also on the committee.
        

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