Posted: November 18, 1998

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

The Minnesota State College and Universities Board of Trustees today voted unanimously to negotiate an employment agreement with Morris J. Anderson so that he can move from interim chancellor of the system to chancellor. Anderson, 55, has been interim chancellor since July 1, 1997.

The board will vote on the employment agreement at its December board meeting.

A longtime public policy leader, Anderson was chief of staff for Gov. Arne Carlson and became a trustee of the MnSCU board in April, 1996. He was named interim chancellor July 1, 1997 after former chancellor Judith Eaton resigned to become president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in Washington, D.C.

"Morrie Anderson has done a tremendous job bringing stability to the MnSCU system, which in many ways is still in its infancy," said Trustee James Wafler. "He deserves kudos for being able to strengthen MnSCU's credibility at the Legislature."

"I deeply appreciate the confidence you have placed in me and my team as well," said Anderson.

As interim chancellor, Anderson has concentrated on providing steady leadership for the merged system of 29 technical and community colleges and seven state universities. He has improved relationships with the Minnesota Legislature and the governor, and opened lines of communication with community leaders.

With the support of the Board of Trustees, Anderson has begun an ambitious set of initiatives that are now underway, including creating a clear transfer policy for students, establishing business partnerships to provide additional training for workers, developing a new allocation model to increase equity and fairness among campuses and developing a strategic plan for higher education in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

He will be overseeing MnSCU's efforts to obtain $230.6 million in new funding from the Legislature for the 2000-2001 biennium.

"Morrie Anderson has done an outstanding job in providing the leadership and stability the system needs at this time," said Michael Vekich, chair of the Board of Trustees.

A resident of Waconia, Anderson served as commissioner of the state Department of Revenue from January, 1993, to November, 1994, and as assistant commissioner for tax policy from January, 1991, to May, 1992. He was executive director of the Association of Minnesota Counties from 1982 to 1987 and deputy director from 1977 to 1982.

Anderson holds a master's degree in urban affairs from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a bachelor's degree in economics from Macalester College.