MASON CITY | Steven Schulz was named the president of North Iowa Area Community College Thursday night.
Schulz, 52, who grew up in Geneva in Franklin County, has been provost at the Carroll campus of Des Moines Area Community College since 2006. He was one of four finalists for the NIACC position.
Schulz attended Thursday's NIACC board of directors meeting with his wife, Cathie, and their two daughters, Caitlyn, a senior at Iowa State University, and Lindsey, a sophomore at the University of Northern Iowa.
"I'm truly honored to be here," Schulz said. "I like north central Iowa. I always have."
He said he applied for the position because "NIACC has a tremendous reputation."
Schulz officially begins at NIACC on Dec. 1.
The NIACC board approved his contract Thursday. His salary will be $165,000.
"I think you're a perfect fit for this school," said Toni Noah, president of the NIACC board.
Schulz has a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Iowa State University. He was a public school teacher, principal and superintendent before moving into higher education.
Schulz will replace Debra Derr, who left NIACC to take a position in Oregon. David Buettner, former NIACC president, is serving as interim president.