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Next CLC president named

The search for the next president of Central Lakes College is over. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Wednesday named Hara Charlier to be the next president of CLC. Chancellor Steven Rosenstone recommended hiring Cha...

Hara Charlier speaks to a group of community members Wednesday morning at Central Lakes College. Charlier is one of three finalists for the position of CLC president visiting campus this week. (Brainerd Dispatch/Spenser Bickett)
Central Lakes College President-elect Hara Charlier speaks to a group of community members Feb. 24 at Central Lakes College in a file photo. (Brainerd Dispatch/Spenser Bickett)

The search for the next president of Central Lakes College is over.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Wednesday named Hara Charlier to be the next president of CLC.

Chancellor Steven Rosenstone recommended hiring Charlier for the position at a Human Resources Committee meeting earlier Wednesday.

“Hara Charlier brings to CLC an impressive wealth of rural community college experience,” Rosenstone said in a release. “Charlier is a tremendously collaborative leader who will work closely with students, faculty, staff, and community leaders to meet the needs of the Chain of Lakes region.”

Charlier was one of three finalists who visited CLC for full-day interviews in February. The other two finalists were Robert Griggs and Anna Wasescha.

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An event Thursday at Central Lakes College will be the first chance community members have to meet Charlier, who will be joined by Rosenstone and trustee Maleah Otterson.

• Brainerd campus: 10 a.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.

• Staples campus: 1 p.m. Thursday in the commons.

Background Charlier has served as vice president of instruction and student services at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon, Va., since 2012.

Previously, she served Blue Ridge Community College in Fishersville, Va., as dean of life science and human services from 2010 to 2012, interim vice president of instruction and student services from 2009 to 2010, dean of life science and human services from 2008 to 2009 and assistant professor of biology from 2005 to 2007.

She also served Synoptics, Inc. as operations director, director of support services, and scientific support manager from 2000 to 2005; and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as an instructor of microbiology from 1995 to 2000.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, a master's degree from Miami University-Ohio and a doctorate from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.

Current CLC President Larry Lundblad announced in August the 2015-16 academic year would be his 10th and last at the helm of CLC, as he was retiring at the end of the academic year. Charlier’s appointment becomes effective July 1.

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SPENSER BICKETT may be reached at 218-855-5859 or spenser.bickett@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/spenserbickett .

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The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees has named Hara Charlier president of Central Lakes College (CLC). The appointment becomes effective July 1, 2016. Submitted photo

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