John Cech, deputy commissioner at the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, is one of two finalists to become president of Carroll College. 

Cech and Thomas Powell, a finalist from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, will visit campus next week to meet with faculty, students and staff, the college announced in a press release Tuesday. 

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Thomas Powell

Thomas Powell is president of Saint John’s Catholic Preparatory School in Frederick, Md. He previously served as president of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., from 2003 to 2015.

“We were very pleased with the caliber of applicants we received for this position and are excited to introduce these two highly-qualified individuals to the campus community next week,” Tom Walsh, chair of the search committee and Carroll Board of Trustees member, said.

As deputy commissioner, Cech is responsible for academic, research and student affairs at the 11 campuses in the Montana University System. Cech was previously deputy commissioner for two-year colleges from 2011 to 2014. Cech will visit campus on Thursday, Feb. 22.

Powell is president of Saint John’s Catholic Preparatory School in Frederick, Maryland. He previously served as president of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, from 2003 to 2015. Mount St. Mary’s is the second oldest Catholic university in the country. While president, Powell increased the university’s endowment from $28 million to $52 million. Powell will visit campus on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

The Carroll College Board of Trustees hopes to hire a candidate by summer 2018 to replace President Thomas Evans, who accepted a position at the University of the Incarnate Word in Texas in June 2017. Rev. Stephen Rowan took over as interim president on Aug. 1 and will serve until a candidate is selected.

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