Board of Trustees Awards


The Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence acknowledge and provide systemwide recognition for consistently superior commitment to student learning and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence at the colleges and universities of Minnesota State.

2024 Board of Trustees Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2024 Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence. This year's Board of Trustees Awards will be celebrated at an in-person luncheon on April 17, 2024. 

2024 Educator of the Year

Hope Doerner

Hope Doerner

Minneapolis College
Early Childhood Education

A tireless advocate for students, faculty leader, and industry expert, Doerner continues to innovate and inspire her students.

2024 Educator of the Year

Christine Lepkowski

Mónica García-Pérez

St. Cloud State University

Dr. García-Pérez actively promotes community building and group belonging in all her courses and helps students appreciate the relevance of economic theory in their lives.

2024 Educator of the Year

Kendra-Ann Seenandan-Sookdeo

Kendra-Ann Seenandan-Sookdeo

Minneapolis College

Fostering a growth mindset in her students, Seenandan-Sookdeo looks for ways to both build lasting relationships and personalize learning for greater impact.

2024 Service Faculty of the Year

William Baldus

William Baldus

Metro State University
Director of the Career Center

With his highly collaborative approach, Baldus has expanded the Career Center’s reach, contributing to student success by partnering to build internship, apprenticeship, and employment opportunities for students.

Brian JonesBrian Jones

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Director of Admissions

Dr. Jones has led the development of an innovative recruitment system, successfully worked to diversify the student body, and analyzed data to identify enrollment barriers, resulting in record enrollments for the university.

Christine LepkowskiChristine Lepkowski

St. Cloud State University

Executive Director of Undergraduate Programs

With students at the heart of all she does, Dr. Lepkowski directs the diverse activities of Herberger Business School’s undergraduate program and guides the complex process of accreditation for the university.

Ron StregeRon Strege

Winona State University

Director of the Warrior Success Center

Strege demonstrates an unwavering commitment to students. He works to improve tutoring, advising, access, and career services, leading the development of student success metrics and spearheading retention efforts.

Jon WepkingJon Wepking

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Associate Athletics Director for External Relations

As the founder of the award-winning GO TEAM, Wepking creates hands-on experiences for students as they tell the story of Dragon Athletics through a broadcast network and marketing and promotion opportunities.


Catherine Ford

The nomination guidelines are available March 1 and due November 1 each year.
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