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MSCTC-Detroit Lakes provost takes on same role at Wadena Campus

MSCTC-Detroit Lakes Provost Cris Valdez

The provost of the Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Detroit Lakes campus is assuming the same role with MSCTC-Wadena after its previous provost resigned earlier in December.

Dr. Kathleen Curphy, the previous provost for the Wadena campus, resigned her position, according to the college.

Valdez has served as provost at Detroit Lakes since March 2007. Before joining MSCTC, he served as the dean of students at University of Montana at Helena.

Previous to beginning his position there in 2003, he served as Grandview Campus Director for Yakima Valley Community College in Grandview, Wash. Valdez also was a counselor for the Community Colleges of Spokane on the Colville, Wash., campus.

"Mr. Valdez is an energetic and visionary leader with an impressive list of accomplishments at our college," said MSCTC President Dr. Ann Valentine said. "We look forward to a robust future for the Wadena campus with his leadership."

In her role as provost, Curphy had been responsible for local leadership, local community outreach and day-to-day campus operations.

She also shared college-wide strategic responsibilities with campus provosts in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls and Moorhead. Curphy joined MSCTC as the Wadena campus provost in 2003. Before arriving at MSCTC, she served as campus administrator at Moraine Park Technical College in Wisconsin.

"Dr. Curphy has had a profound influence on MSCTC and the Wadena community," Valentine said. "We thank her for her service and wish her well in her new endeavors."