Posted: April 21, 2004

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Kevin Kopischke today was appointed president of Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

Kopischke, 52, has served as vice president for the college since 1991, responsible for the college's customized and contract training, marketing and management programs, new program development and external relations. Previously he served as vice president for Brainerd Technical College (now Central Lakes College) from 1986 to 1991.

"It is gratifying when an exhaustive national search process directs us to a candidate right here within our system who has a proven track record and a passion for the college and the system," said Board Chair Jim A. Luoma. "Dr. Kopischke is a familiar face, but has a reputation for breaking new ground and leading us in innovative ways."

Kopischke holds a doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He earned a master's degree in educational administration and leadership and a bachelor's degree in marketing education from St. Cloud State University. Kopischke also earned a two-year degree from the University of Minnesota-Crookston in hotel and restaurant management.

The search committee was led by President Joan Volkmuth, of St. Cloud Technical College.

"Dr. Kopischke's breadth of experience and success in working with Minnesota employers will be valuable in leading Alexandria Technical College," President Volkmuth said. "He is well respected and will be a great asset to the system's leadership team."

"Our technical colleges continue to change to prepare students for the jobs of the future and Dr. Kopischke has proven that he is an agent for positive change," said Chancellor James H. McCormick, who recommended the appointment.

Kopischke is married and has three grown children. He will become president June 1, replacing interim president Jan Mahoney.

Alexandria Technical College serves about 3,500 students annually in credit-based courses and provides customized contract training to approximately 80 employers each year. The college operates the state's most advanced manufacturing automation technology training center and offers two-year degrees in law enforcement, nursing, marine and small engine repaircommunication arts and many other programs. In 1996, the college became the first educational institution in Minnesota to earn the gold award from the Minnesota Council for Quality.