2022 Presidential Candidate Finalists

Dawson Community College has identified four individuals for in-person interviews in the search for the College's next president. The next president is expected to start later this spring.

The finalists will be at Gunner’s Ridge from 6:00-7:00 pm in order to meet the Glendive community.

  • Tuesday, April 26 - Mr. Timothy Gibbs
    Tuesday, April 26 - Mr. Timothy Gibbs

    Tim Gibbs is the President and CEO of the Ashland Alliance in Ashland, Kentucky.  Tim has served this regional economic development alliance and chamber of commerce since 2014.  Tim has used education, training, and workforce development to locate $2.5 billion of local investment and 1,000 jobs.  Educational alignment to produce a workforce for today with a vision for the future has been the core of this success.

    Tim previously lived in Northern Colorado and served as the Executive Director of Industry and Workforce Development at Colorado Northwestern Community College.  He was also the Executive Director at Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership. At CNCC, he managed the largest growth and expansion in dual enrollment in college history. 

    Tim is the past chair of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development, a statewide organization dedicated to advancing economic development in Kentucky.  Tim has served on workforce development boards in Colorado, Washington, and Kentucky.  He has also served as the Judge-Executive and Deputy Judge-Executive for his home county in Kentucky.

    Tim earned a Bachelor of Political Science degree from Morehead State University, a Master of Public Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, and is currently a doctoral student in educational leadership at Morehead State University.

    Tim was raised in a college community. In every career position, he has worked with the local community college to strengthen the local economy.  He has collaborated in creating programs to meet the needs of the community, business, and industry.

    Tim is married to his wife of 24 years, Beverly Gibbs.  They share the joy of life and being a part of a team that makes their communities better.

    Survey to give your feedback to the Board of Trustees -- https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/sv/ROJ6PDu/Gibbs

  • Wednesday, April 27 - Dr. David Krueger
    Wednesday, April 27 - Dr. David Krueger

    Dr. David Krueger is a higher education professional with over 30 years extensive experience in collaborating and partnering with educational professionals, university administrators, industry and community leaders.  Dr. Krueger began his career as a high school agriculture teacher and career and technical education (CTE) professional in Idaho before moving to Michigan to earn a doctorate degree in Agriculture and Extension Education at Michigan State University and begin preparing the next generation of professional educators. Dr. Krueger has collaborated on many curriculum projects around the country and started CTE programs to meet the needs of the ever-changing skilled workforce landscape.

    In the summer of 2018 Dr. Krueger accepted the position of Dean in the College of Technical Sciences at Montana State University – Northern. Dr. Krueger directs the college which offers a wide range of degrees and programs through a blend of applied, project-based curricula that educates a diverse group of students. Graduates of the College are equipped with strong analytical capabilities, the latest in cutting-edge technologies, and the skills for innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership. 

    Dr. Krueger and his wife Rosanne reside in Havre and enjoy the many outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, golfing, and exploring the many hidden treasurers Montana has to offer.

    Survey to give your feedback to the Board of Trustees -- https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/sv/qua2WGM/Krueger

  • Thursday, April 28 - Dr. Ellen Crowe
    Thursday, April 28 - Dr. Ellen Crowe

    Ellen Crowe, Ph.D., has served as Vice President of Instruction and Student Services for the Maple Wood campus of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City’s Northland since September of 2018. In that role, she is the chief academic officer for a campus of over 4,000 students and 46 full-time faculty. She is responsible for a campus budget of over $15 million. She leads the campus’ strategic planning activities, dual enrollment and enrollment/retention initiatives.  These efforts have resulted with Maple Woods being selected as Best of the Northlands in higher education for the past two years.

    Dr. Crowe has held progressively higher-level positions in higher education for more than 20 years. Before joining MCC, Dr. Crowe was the vice president of Academics at Carl Sandburg College in Illinois. Before this she was dean of Career and Technical Education at Morton College where she advanced career and economic development initiatives. Additionally, she has served as dean of Education at Quincy University, department chair at MacMurray College and dean at Westwood College. She possesses extensive experience in higher education in the areas of teaching, academic development and retention, strategic planning, personnel management, professional development, mentoring, entrepreneurship, crisis preparedness, and community relations. Dr. Crowe has taught courses in special education, behavior management, teacher education and leadership and curriculum development at MacMurray College and Quincy University at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  At MacMurray College, she was awarded the Dewey Wilkins teaching award, the highest honor a faculty member can achieve.   She serves as a regional director for the American Association for Women in Community Colleges.  Prior to her career in higher education, Dr. Crowe worked for the Special School District of St. Louis County as an educator and administrator.  Her passion for diversity and equity and inclusion was a driving point that led her from the K-12 level to higher education.  She also volunteers as an advocate for parents who have children with special needs and provides professional development for instructors on behavioral interventions and teaching strategies.

    Dr. Crowe’s educational background includes a bachelor and master’s degree in Special Education from St. Louis University and a doctorate in philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Louis University.


    Survey to give your feedback to the Board of Trustees -- https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/sv/yaGvs86/Crowe

  • Friday, April 29 - Mr. Justin Villmer
    Friday, April 29 - Mr. Justin Villmer

    JUSTIN MICHAEL VILLMER is currently the Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer at Colby Community College (CCC) in Colby, Kansas. Villmer began his career in banking and public accounting and entered higher education to serve as the Accounting Manager at Hutchinson Community College (HCC) for over three years. He was then the Assistant Dean and Director of Finance for the Washburn University Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech) for three and a half years, before arriving at CCC.

    It is with great excitement that Villmer and his wife, Jessica, will be exploring Dawson Community College and the greater Glendive community. Their potential move to Glendive brings joy to the Villmers, for reasons ranging from the picturesque region, to further developing their service roles within the College and the community!

    Having taken a year off to deliver pizzas before pursuing higher education, Villmer recognizes and respects the deepest levels of the importance of the community college. It was during his community college experience when Villmer first felt compelled to pursue a lifelong commitment to higher education. Before college, he had little interest in furthering his education. Villmer found that he was deeply impacted by his professors and other professionals at the College, in a way that truly changed his life. This experience continues to drive his passion for the world of higher education – both from the perspective of finance, and specifically in executive leadership.

    Growing up in a home where his father drove as a trucker to support his family, Villmer knows the profound impact of technical education. Villmer’s father was formally educated through the 8th grade, until he achieved his trucking certification, which allowed him to sustainably support his family throughout his life. Villmer has lived in Kansas most of his life. As a child, at the age of 7, his family moved to Yoder, Kansas and his parents still reside there. Yoder helped set the stage for Villmer’s passion for life in small, rural communities. After obtaining an Associate degree from Hutchinson Community College, he attended Emporia State University (ESU), where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Business, and continued his education to earn his Master of Accountancy from ESU. Villmer continues to add to his resume with trainings and certifications, as well as participating in numerous valuable committees.

    At Washburn Tech, the formerly scattered Business Office became a respected entity which functioned in congruence with the rest of Campus, participated in cross-training, became functional and successful, and overall took on a complete transformation under Villmer’s leadership and attention. Villmer has a knack for seeing the big picture and getting down to business. When he sees a need, especially from his holistic view, he approaches it with excitement, research, and his ability to influence change in a sustainable manner.

    Throughout his professional career, Villmer has been actively involved with a variety of community service opportunities. Currently, he serves the local elementary after-school-program where he works with children one-on-one. He has helped his community through distributing food boxes and delivering meals door-to-door to those in need. Villmer spent several years volunteering his time serving as Treasurer and head of the Finance Committee at Hutchinson Friends Church. Villmer’s other volunteer opportunities include being a big brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Reno County, a committee member on the Institutional Effectiveness Committee at HCC, being Chair of Staff Council at Washburn University, and being a committee member on the Retirement and Investment Committee at Washburn University. Villmer actively pursues opportunities to engage with instructors and students on a regular basis, and has taught Introduction to Business (online) at HCC.

    Justin has a deep and abiding desire to help and invest in those around him and finds ways to do so on a regular basis. Finding the time to communicate with those in his community in simple, down-to-earth ways, is what makes Villmer “tick”. Villmer and his wife, Jessica, of 11 years, have six children that range in age from 2 years to 10 years. Justin’s title of Eagle Scout illustrates his love to travel and explore – Villmer enjoys fishing, camping, backpacking, road trips, playing basketball, and attending concerts with his wife and children. His family loves to attend community events when possible. Villmer’s kids are his personal fan club. Two of his fans gave their input: Jett, 6, said, “The coolest thing about Dad is that he’s a good dancer??” and Jesa, 4, states, “He’s so strong and tough and cool.” The Villmers, party of 8, bring the party wherever they go, and are ready to bring it to Glendive!

    Survey to give your feedback to the Board of Trustees -- https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/sv/N4seUmJ/Villmer

Daily Itinerary

Presidential Candidate Interviews:  April 26 – 29

  • 8:00 -8:45 am - Campus Tour of DCC
  • 9:30– 10:15 - Student Meet and Greet – DCC Library
  • 10:30 – 11:30 - Meet with Cabinet – DCC Board Room
  • 11:45 – 1:00 - Lunch with Trustees – Bloom Coffeehouse and Eatery
  • 1:00 – 2:30 - Community Tour with Trustees
    • 1:00 - Glendive Medical Center
    • 1:30 - Dawson County High School
    • 2:00 - Glendive Chamber of Commerce
  • 3:00 – 3:45 - Faculty/Staff Meet and Greet –DCC Library
  • 3:45  – 5:45 - Break
  • 6:00 – 7:00 - Community Meet and Greet – Gunner’s Ridge
  • 7:00 – 7:30 - Dinner with the Board – Gunner’s Ridge Board Room
  • 7:45 – 8:30 - Interview with the Board – Gunner’s Ridge Board Room

For more information about the Dawson Community College Presidential Search, visit www.dawson.edu or call 406-377-9400.