Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Another interim president has been appointed for Rochester Community and Technical College.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees has announced Mary Davenport will succeed Joyce Helens on July 1st. The appointment is for two years.

Helens came to Rochester in January following the resignation of RCTC President Leslie McClellon with the understanding that she would return to her job as president of St. Cloud Technical and Community College for the next school year. The original plan was to have a permanent successor to McClellon in place this summer, but a nationwide search failed to identify any qualified candidates interested in the position.

“As interim president, Mary Davenport will provide sound, thoughtful, and energetic leadership while the college continues its search for a truly extraordinary leader,” said Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. “She brings to this position a wealth of higher education experience and a thorough understanding of the Greater Rochester community. Through her leadership roles at state colleges across Minnesota, she has demonstrated a commitment to open and honest communication and to working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community leaders.”

Davenport has held positions in Minnesota higher education institutions for 28 years. She is currently the vice president of Academic and Student Affairs at Riverland Community College. Her previous assignments included positions at Saint Paul College, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and the Minnesota Technical College System. She was also on the faculty at Hibbing Community College, Colorado State University and the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

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