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Inver Hills Community College and Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) are separate schools nine miles apart, but Tim Wynes leads them both.

Wynes was appointed president at DCTC this summer after serving on an interim basis since 2013. He has been president at Inver Hills since 2010.

While the arrangement has its challenges, like balancing his time between two campuses, Wynes said it also saves money and encourages collaboration.

College officials said the dual post saves $760,000 as the campuses share some administrative staff.

Some people ask Wynes if it’s like coaching two neighboring sports teams, but he says it’s not: “They’re not really competing, they’re complementary. ”