The North Dakota University System’s Valley City State University Presidential Search Committee met Monday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Valley City. The committee interviewed nine candidates via distance-learning technology.

The committee narrowed the pool to five semi-finalists who will be invited to the VCSU campus for interviews Oct. 13–15, 2014.

The semi-finalists are:

  • Tisa A. Mason, Ed.D., vice president for student affairs, Fort Hays State University
  • Daniel J. Shipp, Ed.D., chief student affairs officer/dean of students and associate vice chancellor, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Richard G. Shrubb, Ph.D., former president, Minnesota West Community and Technical College
  • Greg Summers, Ph.D., provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
  • Debra H. Thatcher, Ph.D., acting president, State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill
Following on-campus interviews, the search committee will recommend a slate of finalist candidates to the State Board of Higher Education, which will conduct final interviews on the VCSU campus on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 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