Minnesota State Chancellor: Scott Olson


I believe we can do so much for Minnesota. I believe that education has the power to transform lives. And by transforming the lives of our students it transforms Minnesota into the best Minnesota that it can be — the North Star that we all aspire to achieve.

Our system represents that potential. Helping students fulfill their hopes and dreams — and as students fulfill their hopes and dreams — Minnesota prospers. I eagerly await working to building a better Minnesota by helping our students in the months to come.

— Scott Olson

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One state’s big plan to fix the high cost of college
Today Explained Vox Media, April 9, 2024

Until last year, enrollment trends at Minnesota state universities pretty much mirrored national ones, steadily decreasing for the last several years. Then a partnership with legislative leaders helped produce exciting new programs, including tuition freezes and the North Star Promise Scholarship program, that helped turn that around in Minnesota.

State Support Turns Minnesota’s Enrollment Tide
Inside Higher Ed, March 27, 2024

Enrollment at public colleges rose for the first time in a decade. Higher ed leaders credit historic state funding and innovative college access initiatives.

Brick and mortar in higher education needs attention, too
Star Tribune, March 17, 2024

Minnesota's workforce depends on reversing diminished state investments. Commentary by University of Minnesota Interim President Jeff Ettinger and Minnesota State Chancellor Scott Olson.

Mankato has growth in higher ed
Mankato Free Press, Nov. 13, 2023

While higher education enrollments have declined for years in many markets, that’s not been the case in Mankato. A meeting with Minnesota State University President Edward Inch, South Central College President Annette Parker and Minnesota State Chancellor Scott Olson shed some light on why that might be the case. 

Minnesota State system optimistic about enrollment during House hearing
KSTP Eyewitness News, Nov. 6, 2023

The push to improve enrollment within the Minnesota State system was addressed at the Capitol on Monday. System leaders testified about the status of its colleges and universities during a Minnesota House Higher Education Committee meeting. “Enrollment is going in the right direction,” said Chancellor Scott Olson. “Most of our colleges are seeing stronger enrollment this year.”

Winona State's Scott Olson will helm a behemoth higher education system with a long list of challenges
Rochester Post Bulletin, July 22, 2023

When Winona State University President Scott Olson takes over as chancellor of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities on Aug. 1, he will take the reins of an educational leviathan with a to-do list as great as any previous chancellor has faced.

Our View: New chancellor a great choice
Mankato Free Press, May 13, 2023

Thumbs up to the Minnesota State colleges and universities system for choosing Scott Olson as the next chancellor.

Chancellor Scott Olson
The Winonan, September 6, 2023

Just this past May, former President of Winona State University Scott Olson was appointed to his new role as Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ chancellor after 11 years at Winona State University. In August, he began his next occupational adventure in the Minnesota State System, but not before leaving the beautiful city of Winona and the home of around 6,000 graduate and undergraduate students....

Scott Olson named next chancellor of Minnesota State colleges and universities
Star Tribune, May 9, 2023

The Minnesota State system of colleges and universities on Tuesday chose one of the system's presidents to serve as its next chancellor. Winona State University President Scott Olson told trustees after the vote that he will work to make college more affordable and more accessible, with a goal of reducing racial and economic disparities in higher education...

2023 Chancellor's Address

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Jacquelyn Bailey
Vice Chancellor for
Information Technology Services

Shannon Bryant

Executive Director for
Workforce and Economic Development

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Kari Campbell

Executive Director
Office of the Board of Trustees

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Eric Davis
Vice Chancellor of Human Resources

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Andriel Dees
Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion

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Scott Goings
General Counsel

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Satasha Green-Stephen
Senior Vice Chancellor for
Academic and Student Affairs

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Noelle Hawton
Chief Marketing and
Communications Officer

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Amy Jorgenson
Chief Audit Officer

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Bill Maki
Vice Chancellor for
Finance and Facilities

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Bernie Omann
Special Assistant to the Chancellor
Government Relations


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Priyank Shah

Executive Director for
the Center for Data Access and Analytics

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Jaime Simonsen
Chief of Staff


Scott Olson

Jaime Simonsen
Chief of Staff

Pa Yang
Senior Executive Assistant