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Minnesota State Chancellor: Devinder Malhotra


Welcome to Minnesota State – the state’s largest provider of higher education – a system of 33 vibrant colleges and universities. I have been humbled and honored to serve as chancellor for the last six years, as it has be the greatest privilege of my professional life. As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. On October 19, 2022, I announced that I plan to retire effective August 1, 2023, at the end of my current contract.

During my tenure, we have been committed to inclusive excellence and ensuring our students receive an extraordinary, affordable, and accessible education. We are not only the largest, but the most diverse higher education provider in the State of Minnesota. Located within 54 distinctive communities and woven into the economic, social, and cultural fabric of Minnesota, our colleges and universities are united in achieving Equity 2030.

I am uniquely proud of Equity 2030. Equity 2030 aims to close the educational equity gaps across race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geographic location in the next ten years. It is an ambitious goal and one we have embraced with a renewed sense of urgency. It will require a continued cohesive and coordinated approaches across our schools, cultural change and innovation, and, most importantly, leadership with a steadfast focus to support all our students. While there is much still to do, I am inspired by the equity-minded and anti-racist practices and efforts underway on our campuses.

We know that when all students succeed, our communities and economy prosper. With Minnesota’s rapidly changing demographics, increasingly becoming more multicultural and multiethnic, Minnesota State is well poised to provide Minnesota the talent it needs for its social and economic vibrancy.

I am certain Minnesota State will continue to innovate, collaborate, and treat each other with compassion, and offer students the transformative education they deserve to pursue their dreams and goals.

 Devinder Malhotra

Minnesota State seeks a visionary and inspirational higher education leader for what is the largest and most diverse provider of higher education in Minnesota, and the third-largest system of colleges and universities in the United States.The next Chancellor will be joining the Minnesota State system at a pivotal time, requiring a leader who is able to transform public higher education while focusing on student success to meet the needs of a rapidly changing society. In addition, our next leader will encourage and honor the innovation and dynamism of the individual colleges and universities and foster their collective vivacity while also harnessing the power of operating as a system. Learn more about the position and nominating process.

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  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Summer of Jobs Summit | August 8, 2022

  • Twin Cities Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable, DEI Strategy in the Midst of Crisis speaker | April 15, 2021
  • Hunt Institute, Postsecondary Pathways, Building Coalitions of Support for Higher Education panelist | April 8, 2021
  • Leadership St. Paul | St. Paul Area Chambers of Commerce, Equity in Education speech | September 17, 2020
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education, Adapting to State and Federal Higher Education and Financial Landscape amid COVID-19 panelist | September 10, 2020
  • National Association of System Heads (NASH), Words Don’t Count: How Public Systems of Higher Education Combat Systemic Racism panelist | July 30, 2020
  • State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, State Action, Quality Assurance and COVID-19 focus group | July 24, 2020
  • National Association of System Heads, Interview with NASH and Commissioner Clay Christian interview | July 20, 2020
  • State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, Navigating Enrollment Shifts panelist | July 15, 2020

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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


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


Devinder Malhotra

Jaime Simonsen
Chief of Staff

Pa Yang
Senior Executive Assistant

Connect with Chancellor Devinder Malhotra at and Twitter at @MinnStateChD.

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