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UMD names two finalists for chancellor

Finalists for chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth - Lendley Black (left) and Belinda McCarthy (right)

The finalists for the top-ranking position at the University of Minnesota Duluth were named Friday.

UMD chancellor Kathryn A. Martin -- the first female chancellor appointed in the University of Minnesota system -- will retire July 31 after 15 years leading the school.

The two finalists to replace her are Lendley Black, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., and Belinda McCarthy, provost of Missouri State University in Springfield and chancellor of its Mountain Grove campus.

McCarthy was also a candidate for presidency of Georgia Southern University last fall.

Public forums to meet the two candidates have been arranged. Black's is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, and McCarthy's is set for 3:30 p.m. April 20, both in Room 200 of the Chemistry Building at UMD.

The school is arranging on-campus interviews with faculty, staff, students, community leaders and U of M leadership.

The finalists were announced by University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks. In his e-mail to the UMD community, he said he wanted to ensure that the school's academic profile and impact are sustained under new leadership.

"I look forward to engaging you and the surrounding community in this important public engagement process as part of the search for a new University of Minnesota Duluth Chancellor," Bruininks said.

Bruininks is expected to make a recommendation to the Board of Regents at its May meeting.