Posted: August 10, 2006

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

News Release from the Office of Governor Tim Pawlenty

Governor Tim Pawlenty today announced the appointment David Paskach to the Rochester Higher Education Development Committee RHEDC.

David Paskach, of Cottonwood, is the current chair of the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). He also serves as the vice president of programs for the Southwest Initiative Foundation in Hutchinson. Paskach previously served as an executive and attorney with the Schwan Food Company. He also previously served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Paskach is appointed as the RHEDC member who is a Trustee of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. He replaces former MnSCU board chair Robert Hoffman on the RHEDC.

The Rochester Higher Education Development Committee was formed in July 2005 with a mission to evaluate the higher education needs of the Rochester area and make recommendations for expanded educational offerings to meet the needs of the community and the state. These recommendations were included in a January 2006 report to the Governor and Legislature. The RHEDC is made up of eleven members appointed by the Governor and expires on December 31, 2007.