Leslie McClellon Named President of Rochester Community and Technical College

Posted: April 23, 2014

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@MinnState.edu, 651-201-1426

ST. PAUL, Minn., April 23, 2014 – The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities today appointed Leslie McClellon as president of Rochester Community and Technical College.  Her appointment becomes effective July 1, 2014.

“There was a remarkable pool of candidates for the Rochester Community and Technical College presidency,” said Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor. “But Leslie McClellon stood out, inspiring the campus and the Rochester community with her vision for the college and its importance to the region. With the economic and demographic transformation anticipated in Rochester as a result of the Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center, RCTC will be an even more critical partner in providing the education and training needed to ensure the economic vitality of the region. President McClellon will ensure that RCTC will be that partner.” 

Leslie McClellon has served as vice president of student affairs at the Community College of Denver since 2010. Previously, she served at Arizona Western College as dean of student retention and support services from 2006 to 2010, at Langston University (OK) as assistant to the vice president for student services from 2000 to 2006 and executive assistant to the vice president of student affairs from 1998 to 2000, and at Wright Business School (OK) as dean of students from 1996 to 1998. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in urban education from Langston University.

“It is truly an honor to be selected for this key role at this outstanding college,” said McClellon. “I am very much looking forward to an exciting future serving RCTC and the community as we work to meet employer demands and provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities.”

Established in 1915, Rochester Community and Technical College is the largest higher education provider in the fastest-growing city in Minnesota, serving more than 8,000 students each year in credit courses and nearly 3,700 students in non-credit continuing and workforce education programs.  RCTC combines the best of liberal arts, technical and life-long learning with more than 70 credit-based programs and over 130 credential options. RCTC’s expansive 518-acre campus includes university partnerships, a diverse student body, and a vibrant student life program. RCTC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and participates in its Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).

President McClellon succeeds Gail O’Kane, who has been serving as interim president since July, 2013 after the retirement of Don Supalla, who served as RCTC president since 2000.


The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities include 24 two-year community, technical, and comprehensive colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.