Northeast Community College Presidential Finalists Announced

NORFOLK – Candidates for the Northeast Community College president position will be on campus in early October for interviews as the names were announced earlier this week.

The Board of Governors at Northeast Community College released three finalists in their search for the institution’s ninth president.

In alphabetical order, the finalists are Dr. Leah Barrett, vice president for student affairs for the Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD), Dr. Lenny Klaver, president of North Central Missouri College, and Dr. Charles Nwankwo, vice president of technology and business partnerships at Chandler Gilbert Community College (CGCC) in Arizona. They were among sixty-three applicants for the position.

A Presidential Search Advisory Committee, which is made up of board representatives and members of college administration, faculty, staff and students reviewed all of the applications and identified candidates for screening interviews that were conducted in mid-September. The committee forwarded the names of Barrett, Klaver and Nwankwo to the full Board of Governors for its formal consideration.

Each of the candidates will be on the Northeast campus in Norfolk beginning in early October to take part in individual interviews with the board, followed by opportunities to meet with Northeast employees, students and the general public during additional forums.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday, October 2 (Klaver), Monday, October 7 (Nwankwo), and Tuesday, October 8 (Barrett). Two public forums will be held each day from 11 a.m. until noon and 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. in the Cox Activities Center Theatre on the Northeast campus (801 E. Benjamin Ave.) in Norfolk.

In addition to Norfolk, the public may participate in the forums from all Northeast extended campus locations, including O’Neill (505 E. Highway 20, Room 104); South Sioux City’s College Center (1001 College Way, Room 138) and West Point in the Nielsen Community Center (202 Anna Stalp Ave., Room 206).

Following the candidate’s visits to campus, the board desires to select a new president this fall with the successful candidate starting in January 2020. The new president will succeed Dr. Michael Chipps, who retired in May. Co-interim presidents Mary Honke and Steve Schram, former Northeast administrators, will continue to serve in their roles until to the new president assumes office.

Biographies of the three finalists and additional information on the process may be found on Northeast’s Presidential Search website at