Posted: March 16, 2004

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor James H. McCormick said today he will recommend that the Board of Trustees appoint Katherine Hiyane-Brown as president of Normandale Community College in Bloomington.

Hiyane-Brown, 52, is vice president for academic and student affairs at Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, Wash. The chancellor's recommendation will be considered by the Board of Trustees in meetings today and Wednesday.

Since 1991, Hiyane-Brown (pronounced He-yah-nay-brown) has been at Tacoma Community College, a comprehensive community college with more than 8,500 students. Previously she served as dean of instruction at Leeward Community College in Pearl City, Hawaii, from 1987 to 1991, and as associate dean of instruction and staff development coordinator at Muscatine Community College in Muscatine, Iowa, from 1977 to 1987.

"Dr. Hiyane-Brown's 13 years experience as a community college vice president makes her an outstanding candidate," McCormick said. "She has had experience at all levels of running a large community college."

Hiyane-Brown holds a doctorate in education from the Oregon State University Community College Leadership Program, a master's degree in instructional design and technology from the University of Iowa and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

Normandale Community College serves about 11,000 students annually. President Tom Horak is retiring in June after serving for 13 years.

"I am delighted that the chancellor has recommended Katherine Hiyane-Brown to become president of Normandale Community College," said President Horak. "The college is vibrant and growing, and she will bring solid experience and a fresh perspective. I am looking forward to assisting in the transition."