Chancellor Search to Enter Final Phase Next Week

Posted: February 3, 2017

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 3, 2017 – The extensive nationwide search for the next chancellor of Minnesota State is expected to enter its final phase next week.

The search has been underway since fall 2016 and was conducted by a 19-member search advisory committee that included representatives from all faculty and staff bargaining units, both student organizations, leadership of Minnesota State colleges and universities, members of the community, and representatives of the Board of Trustees.  

On February 6, Minnesota State will release the names and curriculum vitae of the finalists the Board of Trustees will consider.

“I am very pleased with the outstanding candidates who were attracted to this key position and I thank all members of the search advisory committee for their hard work and collaboration throughout this process,” said George Soule, committee chair.

On February 7 and 8, the candidates will interview with members of the Board of Trustees, college and university presidents, and members of the chancellor’s cabinet, and will participate in an employee and student forum. All Minnesota State campus faculty, staff, and students can participate via WebEx.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees will review feedback received from the search advisory committee and those who participated in the interviews, and will discuss the candidates during a special meeting of the Board of Trustees scheduled for Thursday, February 9 at 10 a.m. The board will consider the appointment of a preferred candidate. The new chancellor term will begin August 1.

Steven Rosenstone has served as Minnesota State chancellor since 2011 and announced his intention to retire upon completion of his contract on July 31, 2017.

Minnesota State includes 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 400,000 students. It is the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States.