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Carroll College announces presidential finalists

Posted: Feb 13, 2018 6:06 PM Updated:

Carroll College announced the two finalists for President of Carroll College on Tuesday.

According to a press release, Dr. John Cech of Helena and Dr. Thomas Powell of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania are the final candidates. 

Dr. John Cech is Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education for the Montana University System.

He serves as the Chief Academic, Research, and Student Affairs Officer for the 11 campuses of the Montana University System including the State’s two-year/community colleges, regional comprehensive universities, Montana State University, and the University of Montana.

Dr. Cech was Deputy Commissioner for Two-Year and Community College Education from 2011 through 2014, when his position was merged with that of the previous Deputy Commissioner for Academic & Student Affairs.

Dr. Cech also served as CEO/Dean of City College, Montana State University Billings, from 2002-2010.

He and his wife Victoria will visit Carroll College on Thursday, February 22.

Dr. Thomas Powell is President Emeritus of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and served as president from 2003-2015.

Now in its 207th year, Mount St. Mary’s is America’s second oldest Catholic university. Under his tenure, the university completed a six-year $61 million comprehensive capital campaign and their endowment increased from $28 million to $52 million.

In addition, from 1999-2003, Dr. Powell was President and Professor of Education at Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia.

Dr. Powell’s current position, which he has held since July 2015, is President of Saint John’s Catholic Preparatory School in Frederick, Maryland.

Dr. Powell and his wife Irene will visit campus on Wednesday, February 21.

The summer of 2018 has been set as the target date for the new president to replace former President Thomas Evans who accepted the position of president at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas in June of 2017.

Rev. Stephen Rowan has served as interim president for the college since August of 2017 and will continue to serve until a new president has been selected.

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