Posted: December 5, 1997

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Anne Weyandt, labor relations executive for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, has taken on additional responsibilities as deputy to Chancellor Morris Anderson and chief of staff in the system office.

As chief of staff, she will work with the chancellor to coordinate activities with the presidents of the colleges and universities, the system office staff and the Board of Trustees. She will continue her responsibilities in labor relations and as chief spokesperson for the system's union negotiations until a replacement is named.

"Anne Weyandt is playing a pivotal role in the organization," said Chancellor Anderson. "She has great rapport with most of the senior staff at all our institutions and with her labor background has an understanding of the structure and operations of the schools--all this will serve her well in her new post."

Weyandt has been employed in public higher education all her working life. She held several positions with the former Minnesota Community College System from 1985 to 1995, including public information officer, assistant to the deputy chancellor, director of executive and staff services and director of human resources. With the merger that formed MnSCU in 1995, Weyandt became system director for labor relations and subsequently interim vice chancellor for labor relations.

Weyandt holds a B.A. in political science and English from the College of St. Catherine and a J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. She is currently working on a post-graduate degree in educational leadership at the University of St. Thomas.

MnSCU is the largest single provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota and includes community colleges, technical colleges, comprehensive community and technical colleges and state universities. The system serves approximately 145,000 students in the fall quarter and a total non-duplicated headcount for a full academic year of about 230,000 students. MnSCU has 53 campuses around the state and a campus in Akita, Japan.