Sept. 14, 2018

The Presidential Search Committee at Valley City State University has selected three finalists for the VCSU presidency.

After a round of campus visits by five candidates Sept. 10-12, the committee selected a trio of candidates for final interviews with the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education on the VCSU campus Sept. 27.

The finalists are:

  • Jack Geller, Ph.D., dean, College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education, University of Tampa (Tampa, Florida)
  • Alan LaFave, D.M.A., provost and vice president for academic affairs, Northern State University (Aberdeen, South Dakota)
  • James Williams, Ph.D., MBA, vice president for student affairs, Emporia State University (Emporia, Kansas)
“These three candidates emerged from a robust round of campus interviews with students, faculty, staff and alumni, along with foundation and community representatives,” said Wesley Wintch, VCSU vice president for business affairs and co-chair of the search committee. “We are confident each would bring outstanding leadership experience to the Valley City State University presidency.”

The finalists will interview with the State Board of Higher Education in Valley City on Thursday morning, Sept. 27, with the selection of the next VCSU president announced thereafter.


Terry Meyer
Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
North Dakota University System
Phone: 701-328-2963

NOTE: Names of finalists for the position are a matter of public record per the open meetings-open records statutes and policies of the State of North Dakota. Because of the public nature of the campus visit portion of the interview process, the names of semifinalists selected for on-campus interviews also become public.

The North Dakota University System and the Valley City State University Presidential Search Committee are being assisted by:

James H. McCormick
Executive Search Consultant
AGB Search
Phone: 651-238-5188

Janice S. Fitzgerald
Executive Search Consultant
AGB Search
Phone: 717-580-0663