Ginny Arthur Named President of Metropolitan State University

Posted: April 20, 2016

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ST. PAUL, Minn., April 20, 2016 – The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees today named Virginia (Ginny) Arthur as president of Metropolitan State University. The appointment becomes effective July 1, 2016.

“Ginny Arthur is a leader who has worked effectively and collaboratively with colleagues at her own university and colleagues across our colleges and universities on issues that are hugely important to all of us,” said Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. “As president, she will provide outstanding leadership to the university and to the entire Twin Cities metropolitan area.”

Ginny ArthurArthur has served Metropolitan State University as its provost since 2012. She co-chaired the University’s strategic planning process; forged new baccalaureate completion partnerships with metro area colleges; and created the Center for Faculty Development. Previously, she served the University of Northern Iowa as associate provost for faculty affairs from 2009 to 2012, and the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University from 1985 to 2009 in several capacities, including professor of management, Management Department chair, and vice chair and chair of the joint faculty assembly. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a juris doctor from the American University Washington College of Law.

Arthur will succeed Devinder Malhotra, who has been serving as interim president since 2014.


Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, is the Twin Cities public, urban, comprehensive state university providing lifelong learning, and competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities include 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 400,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system in the United States.