Minnesota State University, Mankato announced today that four finalists have been named for the position of provost and senior vice president of academic affairs.

The four finalists are Laurie Couch, associate provost for undergraduate education & student success at Morehead State University (located in Morehead, Kentucky); Dennis Rome, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northeastern Illinois University (located in Chicago); Lara Luetkehans, interim provost & vice president at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (located in Indiana, Pennsylvania); and David Hood, associate provost for undergraduate education & founding dean, University College, Montclair State University (located in Montclair, New Jersey).

Minnesota State Mankato’s national search for a provost and senior vice president of academic affairs began in December.

Each of the finalists will travel to Minnesota State Mankato for on-campus interviews from March 21-25. Open interview sessions for the campus, public and media are listed below. The candidates’ curriculum vitae along with complete interview schedules and Zoom links are available online here.

  • Dr. Laurie Couch

Open Session: Tuesday, March 22 from 10-11 a.m., Ostrander Auditorium; Zoom

  • Dr. Dennis Rome
    Open Session: Wednesday, March 23 from 10-11 a.m., Ostrander Auditorium; Zoom
  • Dr. Lara Luetkehans
    Open Session: Thursday, March 24 from 10-11 a.m., Ostrander Auditorium; Zoom
  • Dr. David Hood

Open Session: Friday, March 25 from 10-11 a.m., Armstrong Hall 101; Zoom