Joel Lundstrom
Joel Lundstrom
February 25, 2014

Of the five final candidates for the Des Moines Area Community College Carroll Campus provost position, Joel Lundstrom of Manhattan, Kan., has the closest local tie.

"I am very familiar with the strong reputation DMACC has in central Iowa as I am originally from Perry, and am extremely excited about the possibility of returning to Iowa," Lundstrom said.

Lundstrom is currently the vice president of student services at Manhattan Area Technical College in the same city where Kansas State University is located. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa in 2000 before going on to collect both a master's and doctorate from Kansas State in industrial/organizational psychology.

A DMACC provost search committee interviewed Lundstrom on campus Monday. He also had an opportunity to meet with students, faculty and community members.

Prior to being at Manhattan Tech, Lundstrom served as associate dean of distance learning, a department chair and psychology instructor at Barton Community College in Fort Riley, Kan. - home of a major American military base for the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, known as "The Big Red One."

He's worked on programs for members of the military at the community college, and has also been involved in joint efforts with Kansas State and Kansas Universities.

"I am passionate about the role community colleges play in the lives of students and our educational system," Lundstrom said.

Lundstrom would bring a wealth of experience in the emerging area of online learning. At Barton, the distance-learning program worked with more than 12,000 students, and Lundstrom interacted with 100 full-time and part-time faculty from all over the nation.

Lundstrom said he would bring a strong work ethic to the Carroll position.

"I enjoy strongly debating ideas, challenging accepted practices, and finding solutions to complex problems," Lundstrom said.

The DMACC search committee is expected to finish all on-campus interviews this week. The college's Ankeny-based leadership plans to announce the new provost for Carroll in early March.