This website provides updates and information on the search for 10th chancellor at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Current Chancellor Lendley Black has served since 2010 and announced his retirement in November 2021. University of Minnesota System President Joan Gabel announced her intentions to begin a national search for his successor.

Search Process and Timeline

Activity Anticipated Dates
Stakeholder Listening Sessions (by invitation) January 2022
First-round interviews (confidential) March 2022
Second-round interviews and public forums April 2022
Leadership transition Summer 2022

*Dates are subject to change. This timeline will be updated as needed.

Search Committee

  • Myron Frans, Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations, U of M System, Co-Chair
  • Jennifer Mencl, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Effectiveness, UMD, Co-Chair
  • Neal Bhakta, Former President of UMD’s Student Association, and Children’s Mental Health Case Manager, Headway Emotional Health
  • Jill Doerfler, Professor, American Indian Studies, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, UMD
  • Lisa Erwin, Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students, UMD
  • George Goldfarb, Former President and CEO, Maurices
  • Daksha Gummadi, Undergraduate Student, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, and Former Member of the Student Senate Consultative Committee (SSCC), UMD
  • Gibson Nene, Associate Professor, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, UMD
  • Ariri Onchwari, Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Service Professions, UMD
  • Susana Pelayo-Woodward, Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Assistant to the Chancellor for Inclusive Excellence, UMD
  • Wendy Reed, Dean, Swenson College of Science and Engineering, UMD
  • Allan Rudeck, President, Allette Clean Energy
  • Joel Sanderson, Assistant Director Intramural Sports and Youth Camps, Recreational Sports Outdoor Program, UMD
  • Robert Sterner, Director, Large Lakes Observatory, Professor, Swenson College of Science and Engineering, UMD
  • Jeanine Weeks Schroer, Associate Professor, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, UMD
  • Jennifer Schultz, Professor, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, UMD
  • Lynne Williams, Director, University Marketing and Public Relations, UMD
  • Elizabethada A. Wright, Professor, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and President of University Education Association (UEA), UMD