Presidential Search

Central Lakes College Presidential Search

Hara Charlier Named President of
 Central Lakes College
March 16, 2016 – The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees has named Hara Charlier president of Central Lakes College (CLC). The appointment becomes effective July 1, 2016. Read more.


In anticipation of approval by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees, and on behalf of the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Steven J. Rosenstone, you are invited to the presentation of the president-elect of Central  Lakes College.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

10:00 a.m. Brainerd Campus
501 West College Drive
CLC Cafeteria

1:00 p.m. Staples Campus
1830 Airport Road
CLC Commons

Refreshments and light appetizers will be provided.

The president-elect will be announced at the March 16, 2016 Board of Trustees Human Resources Committee meeting.  You can hear the recommendation by Chancellor Rosenstone beginning at 9:30 a.m. by listening to the live streaming audio:

Semifinalists for President of Central Lakes College Named

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 19, 2016 – Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has named three semifinalists who are under consideration to be president of Central Lakes College. The candidates are Hara Charlier, Robert Griggs, and Anna Wasescha.

The candidates were recommended by a search advisory committee comprised of students, faculty, staff, and community leaders, and chaired by Laura Urban, president of Alexandria Technical and Community College. The candidates are scheduled to visit the campus between February 22 and February 25, 2016. The campus visits provide an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and members of the community to meet each of the candidates and offer feedback.

Hara Charlier

Hara Charlier

Hara Charlier has served as vice president of instruction and student services at Virginia Highlands Community College since 2012. Previously, she served Blue Ridge Community College (VA) as dean of life science and human services from 2010 to 2012, interim vice president of instruction and student services from 2009 to 2010, dean of life science and human services from 2008 to 2009, and assistant professor of biology from 2005 to 2007. She also served Synoptics, Inc. as operations director, director of support services, and scientific support manager from 2000 to 2005; and Miami University (OH) as an instructor of microbiology from 1995 to 2000. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from Miami University (OH), and a doctorate from Old Dominion University (VA). She will visit the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College on Wednesday, February 24, and the Staples campus on Thursday, February 25.

Hara Charlier – Resume (pdf)

Robert Griggs

Robert Griggs

Robert Griggs has served Bemidji State University as vice president for innovation and extended learning from 2012 to 2016, interim vice president for academic affairs from 2011 to 2012, associate vice president for extended learning and library services from 2008 to 2011, interim associate vice president for extended learning and information technology from 2005 to 2008, and dean of distance learning and summer session from 2000 to 2005. He also served Northwest Technical College as interim dean since 2014. Previously, he served National American University (SD) as associate dean for distance learning from 1998 to 2000, department chair from 1997 to 1998, and as a faculty member from 1992 to 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor degree from the University of North Dakota. He will visit the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College on Monday, February 22, and the Staples campus on Tuesday, February 23.

Robert Griggs – Resume (pdf)

Anna Wasescha

Anna Wasescha

Anna Wasescha has been president of Middlesex Community College (CT) since 2011. Previously, she served as provost for Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls, from 2007 to 2011. She has served Walden University (MN) as associate dean of the College of Education Doctoral Programs from 2006 to 2007 and assistant dean of the School of Management from 2004 to 2006; Concordia University (MN) as a consultant on service learning from 1996 to 2000; the University of Minnesota as a research assistant from 1991 to 1992, from 1989 to 1990, and in 1986; and Hamline University as associate dean of student affairs from 1984 to 1985, assistant dean of student affairs from 1980 to 1984, director of the career studies center from 1976 to 1980, and director of placement from 1974 to 1976. She holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota. She will visit the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College on Tuesday, February 23, and the Staples campus on Wednesday, February 24.

Anna Wasescha – Resume (pdf)

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees is expected to consider Chancellor Steven Rosenstone’s recommendation at its March 16 meeting. The anticipated start date of the new president is July 1, 2016.

The college has deep roots in the central Minnesota communities of Brainerd and Staples, the sites of the college’s two main campuses. Located about 30 miles from each other, the campuses are easily accessible from anywhere in the state. The region is known as a hub of year-round outdoor recreation.

Constantly growing and evolving as student needs change, Central Lakes College has expanded both in physical size and community impact. The College in the (High) Schools Program has ballooned from six partners to the current 30. Three major grants obtained by CLC and its partners have increased the community and classroom exposure to technology, advanced manufacturing, and agriculture. Major structural improvements have been made to each campus, including the addition of a Heavy Equipment building and main campus renovation in Staples. In Brainerd, the college has seen the addition of a music hall.

Central Lakes College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. With 24 two-year colleges and seven state universities, MnSCU is the largest provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota. Under the leadership of Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU is committed to ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans; being the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce and community needs; and delivering to students, employers, communities, and taxpayers the highest value, most affordable higher education option.

Reporting to the chancellor, the president of Central Lakes College serves as chief executive officer responsible for leading the faculty and staff in fulfilling the college’s mission. The president serves on the system’s leadership council, which consists of the chancellor, the chancellor’s cabinet, and the 30 college and university presidents. As a member of the Leadership Council, the president contributes to the overall direction of the system.