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Curphy resigns, Valdez takes lead at MSCTC-Wadena

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Dr. Kathleen Curphy, provost for the Wadena campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, has resigned her position, according to the college.

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," Dr. Ann Valentine, MSCTC president, said. "We thank her for her service and wish her well in her new endeavors."

Effective immediately, Cris Valdez will serve as provost for both the Detroit Lakes and Wadena campuses of MSCTC. 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," Valentine said. "We look forward to a robust future for the Wadena campus with his leadership."

As a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Minnesota State Community and Technical College serves more than 6,000 students in credit courses annually through more than 120 career and liberal arts programs at its four campuses located in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead, Wadena and