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Contant among finalists for Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bemidji State University

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Bemidji State University announced the four finalists for its position of vice president for academic affairs Friday. The finalists seek to fill a position that has been held on an interim basis by Nancy Erickson since 2009.

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The finalists are Munir Quddus, professor of economics and dean of the College of Business at Prairie View (Texas) A&M University; William Colclough, dean of the College of Business Administration at University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse; Cheryl Contant, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean at University of Minnesota, Morris; and Inessa Levi, professor of mathematics at Columbus (Ga.) State University.

On-campus interviews will begin Tuesday, April 12, and continue through April 28.

Quddus will be interviewing on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, April 12-13. Quddus has been a professor of economics and dean of the College of Business at Prairie View A&M since 2001. Quddus is an active researcher and author and is involved in a broad variety of community and professional activities. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Dhaka University in Bangladesh and earned his master's and doctorate degrees in economics at Vanderbilt University.

Colclough will be interviewing on campus Thursday and Friday, April 14-15. Colclough has been dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, since 2000. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from Winona State University and a doctorate in economics from Iowa State University.

Contant will be interviewing on campus Thursday and Friday, April 21-22. Contant has been vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean at the University of Minnesota, Morris since 2008. She is involved in a number of community and professional organizations. She earned her bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah and holds a master's degree in environmental engineering and a doctorate in infrastructure and planning management, both from Stanford University.

Levi will be interviewing on campus Wednesday and Thursday, April 27-28. Levi is a professor of mathematics at Columbus State University, where she spent one year as provost and vice president for academic affairs from 2009-10. Her writings have covered topics such as algebra, semigroup theory, application and student learning. Levi earned both her master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

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