MN State Begins Search for Ridgewater President 14 Apr 17

WILLMAR — Ridgewater College President Douglas Allen plans to continue to advocate for higher education and for Ridgewater College, even after he leaves his post on June 30.

Allen and Minnesota State Chancellor Steven Rosenstone have announced that Allen will be leaving the college when his current contract ends. He was not offered a contract extension.

The college also announced its plan to appoint an interim president from within the system who will serve while a search proceeds for a new president to oversee the college with campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson.

Allen has been at the college for 14 years. He said Thursday that his tenure at Ridgewater was one of the longest in the Minnesota State system of 37 two-year and four-year colleges. The average tenure is seven years.

As to a reason for the lack of a contract extension, Allen said in a Thursday afternoon interview with the West Central Tribune that he could only talk about what was in the news release from the college system. He pointed out that he is an at-will employee and does not have to be given a reason.