St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - After two years under the leadership of two interim presidents, the Minnesota State Board of Trustees has finally filled the vacancy created by the resignation of Rochester Community and Technical College President Leslie McClellon. Jeffrey Boyd was among the three finalists named by a search advisory committee last month.

“Jeffery Boyd possesses the exact combination of education, experience, and passion for community colleges that RCTC needs in its next president,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State. “He is not just committed to helping students start their pursuit of earning certificates or degrees; he is committed to helping them make it across the finish line. His proven track record of passionate and transparent leadership will serve him well as president.”

The current provost and chief operating officer for Tidewater Community College in Norfolk Virginia is scheduled to report for work at RCTC on July 1st. Boyd will succeed Mary Davenport who has served as interim president of Rochester Community and Technical College since July 2016. Prior to that, Helen James was RCTC president for about 6 months following McClellan’s sudden departure in January of that year amid a storm of criticism from the school’s students, faculty, and staff.

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