President Barbara McDonald

Barbara McDonald

North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Phone: (763) 424-0820
Fax: (763) 493-0577

Appointed: July 1, 2015

Previous Positions:

  • Interim President, Minnesota West Technical and Community College
  • Provost, Itasca Community College
  • Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services, Itasca Community College
  • Dean of Academic Affairs, Itasca Community College
  • Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Itasca Community College
  • English Faculty and Assessment Coordinator, Rainy River Community College
  • Adjunct Faculty, Master of Education Cohort Program, University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • ESL Program Director and ESL Instructor, Western Academy of Beijing


  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D), University of Minnesota
  • Masters of Arts, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, American University in Cairo
  • Bachelors of Arts, English, University of Colorado, Boulder

Professional Organizations:

  • Chair, MnSCU Academic Affairs Council
  • Chair, Higher Learning Commission Reaccreditation
  • Chair, First Year Policy Center, Foundations of Excellence
  • Chair, NCA Steering Committee and NCA Focus Visit Coordinator
  • Chair, Northeast Higher Education District and NE Council of Chief Academic Officers
  • Leadership Council Member, Education Innovation Partnership (EIP) K-12 NE Regional
  • Northeast Higher Education District Lead Administrator, Department of Labor Grant: Renewable Energy
  • Northeast Higher Education District Representative, Minnesota Center of Excellence for Manufacturing and Engineering (MNCEME) Deans Council
  • Regional Leadership Committee Member, Applied Learning Institute (K-12 partnerships)
  • Regional MnSCU Representative, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Regional Higher Education Representative, State Health Improvement Program
  • Regional Administrator, National Center of Excellence, Pulp and Paper Technology and Training Consortium (NPT2)
  • Steering Committee Member, Northeast Higher Education District Strategic Plan

Other Organizations:

  • American Association of University Women, Grand Rapids Chapter
  • Itasca Economic Development Corporation Board
  • Get Fit Itasca Leadership Council
  • Blandin Paper Company Advisory Committee
  • Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital Board
  • Itasca Cable Television Board
  • Reif Performing Arts Center Board
  • Itasca County Jobs 2020 Planning Committee
  • MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, MN
  • National Association of Mental Health (NAMI), Grand Rapids Chapter
  • Parish Council St. Joseph’s Catholic Church