Minnesota State Presidents

Each college and university within the Minnesota State system is headed by a president who serves as the chief executive officer. The appointment of presidents is governed by Board of Trustees Policy 4.2 and they report to the system chancellor.

Presidents are responsible for leading the college and/or university faculty, staff, and students in developing and implementing the college or university mission, consistent with the board mission and goals. The president is the primary spokesperson for college or university interests and shall consult regularly with students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. The president shall advise the chancellor, the staff of the system office, and the board of trustees on matters of system policy as appropriate, and otherwise administer and support all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities policies and programs. The president shall also lead in generating and sustaining the university/college vision as an integral part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The duties and responsibilities of the president shall include, but not be limited to, adhering to board policies and system procedures, employing personnel, providing innovative educational leadership, allocating campus resources, and implementing the board’s strategic plan.

Kent Hanson

 

Anoka-Ramsey Community College
11200 Mississippi Boulevard NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Kent Hanson
kent.hanson@anokaramsey.edu
Phone: (763) 433-1179
Fax: (763) 433-1121

 Appointed: July 1, 2013

 

Previous Positions:

  • Interim president, Riverland Community College
  • Provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, Northland Community and Technical College
  • Radiology program director and health and human services dean, Northwest Technical

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, University of North Dakota
  • Doctoral degree in educational leadership, University of North Dakota
  • Master’s degree in human resource administration, Central Michigan University

Kent Hanson

 

Anoka Technical College
1355 West Highway 10
Anoka, MN 55303

Kent Hanson
khanson@anokatech.edu
Phone: (763) 433-1179
Fax: (763) 433-1121

Appointed: July 1, 2013

 

Previous Positions:

  • Interim president, Riverland Community College
  • Provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, Northland Community and Technical College
  • Radiology program director and health and human services dean, Northwest Technical

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, University of North Dakota
  • Doctoral degree in educational leadership, University of North Dakota
  • Master’s degree in human resource administration, Central Michigan University

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Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Drive NE
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699

John Hoffman
john.hoffman@bemidjistate.edu
Phone:
(218) 755-2011
Fax: (218) 755-4048

Appointed: July 1, 2022

 

Previous Positions:

  • Acting senior vice chancellor at the University of Minnesota Crookston
  • Vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the University of Minnesota Crookston
  • Chair of the department of educational leadership at California State University

Education:

  • Doctorate, University of Minnesota
  • Master's, University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor's, Concordia University, Nebraska

Hara Charlier

 

Central Lakes College
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401

Hara Charlier
hcharlier@clcmn.edu
Phone:
(218) 855-8053
Fax: (218) 855-8057

Appointed: July 1, 2016

 

Previous Positions:

  • Vice president of instruction and student services, Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Dean of life science and human services, interim vice president of instruction and student services, dean of life science and human services, assistant professor of biology; Blue Ridge Community College
  • Operations director, director of support services, scientific support manager; Synoptics, Inc.
  • Instructor of microbiology, Miami University (OH)

Education:

  • Doctorate, Old Dominion University (Va.)
  • Master's, Miami University (OH)
  • Bachelor's, Cornell University

Angelia Millender

 

Century College
3300 Century Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Angelia Millender
angelia.millender@century.edu
Phone:
(651) 779-3342
Fax: (651) 779-3470

Appointed: July 1, 2017

 

Previous Positions:

  • President, Olive-Harvey College (IL)
  • District vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, Broward College (FL)
  • Vice president of student services, dean of student services, director of career planning and placement, and as a member of the faculty, Robert Morris University

Education:

  • Master's degree, National Louis University (IL)
  • Bachelor's degree, Chicago State University

Michael Berndt (Interim)

 

Dakota County Technical College
1300 East 145th Street
Rosemount, MN 55068-2999

Michael Berndt
Michael.Berndt@dctc.edu
Phone:
(651) 423-8213
Fax: (651) 423-8032

Appointed: July 1, 2018

 

Previous Positions:

  • Vice president of academic affairs, Century College
  • Administrator for research, planning, accreditation, and online learning; English instructor and department chair, Normandale Community College

Education:

  • EdD in leadership, University of St. Thomas
  • MA in English, Souther Illinois University at Carbondale
  • BA in English and philosophy, University of Minnesota, Morris

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Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720

Anita Hanson
Anita.hanson@fdltcc.edu
Phone: (218) 879-0804
Fax: (218) 879-0728

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Hennepin Technical College

9000 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445-2399

Joy Bodin
Phone:
(763) 488-2605
Fax: (763) 488-2938

Appointed Interim President: June 1, 2022

 


Previous Positions:

  • Vice president of academic and student affairs at Central Lakes College

  • Academic dean Hennepin Technical College

Education:

  • Master’s, Capella University
  • Bachelor's, Metropolitan State University 

Michael Berndt (Interim)

 

Inver Hills Community College
2500 80th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

Michael Berndt
MBerndt@inverhills.edu
Phone:
(651) 450-3641
Fax: (651) 450-3679

Appointed: July 1, 2018

 

Previous Positions:

  • Vice president of academic affairs, Century College
  • Administrator for research, planning, accreditation, and online learning; English instructor and department chair, Normandale Community College

Education:

  • EdD in leadership, University of St. Thomas
  • MA in English, Souther Illinois University at Carbondale
  • BA in English and philosophy, University of Minnesota, Morris

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Lake Superior College
2101 Trinity Road
Duluth, MN 55811-3399

Patricia Rogers
patricia.rogers@lsc.edu
Phone:
(218) 733-7614
Fax: (218) 733-5937

Appointed: July 1, 2019

 

Previous Positions:

  • Provost and vice president for academic affairs at Winona State University
  • Founding dean of health sciences and human ecology and the School of Graduate Sudies at Bemidji State University, as well as assistant professor, associate professor, and professor
  • Founding dean of the School of Education and Graduate Studies at Valley City State University (ND)
  • Co-leader of the health studies unit in the division of environmental and occupational health, School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
  • System director for instructional technology at Minnesota State

Education:

  • PhD, master's or arts, and bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Professional Organizations:

  • Chair for Minnesota Online Council and recipient of Minnesota Pioneer Award for Distance Learning and Teaching
  • Fullbright Scholar

Ginny Arthur

 

Metropolitan State University
700 East 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106-5000

Ginny Arthur
ginny.arthur@metrostate.edu
Phone:
(651) 793-1900
Fax: (651) 793-1907

Appointed: July 1, 2016

 

Previous Positions:

  • Provost, Metropolitan State University
  • Associate provost for faculty affairs, University of Northern Iowa
  • Professor of management, management department chair, vice chair and chair of the joint faculty assembly; College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

Education:

  • Juris doctorate, American University Washington College of Law
  • Bachelor’s, Syracuse University 

Sharon Pierce

 

Minneapolis College
1501 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Sharon Pierce
sharon.pierce@minneapolis.edu
Phone:
(612) 659-6300
Fax: (612) 659-6310

Appointed: July 1, 2016

 

Previous Positions:

  • Vice president of academic affairs, chair of the health sciences division, director of the nursing education program, nursing course leader; nursing faculty; Howard Community College (Md.)
  • Practicing nurse

Education:

  • Doctorate, Morgan State University (MD)
  • Bachelor's and master's, University of Maryland

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1515 East 25th Street
Hibbing, MN 55746
(Minnesota North College is comprised of the five former Northeast Higher Education District Institutions: Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College, and Vermilion Community College)

Michael Raich
michael.raich@minnesotanorth.edu
Phone: (218) 471-0015
Fax: (218) 471-0017

Appointed: April 12, 2021

Previous Positions:

  • President for Northeast Higher Education District
  • Interim president for Northeast Higher Education District
  • Provost and dean of academic affairs and student services at Hibbing Community College
  • Principal and math teacher at Hibbing High School

Education:

  • Doctorate from University of North Dakota
  • Master's from St. Cloud State University
  • Bachelor's from the University of Minnesota, Duluth

Marsha Danielson

 

Minnesota State College Southeast
1250 Homer Road, P.O. Box 409
Winona, MN 55987-0409

Marsha Danielson
marsha.danielson@southeastmn.edu
Phone: (507) 453-2721
Fax: (507) 453-2424

Appointed: July 1, 2021

 

Previous Positions:

  • Vice president of economic development, senior associate to the president, and dean of economic development, South Central College
  • Development, alumni relations, external relations, and marketing and communications, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Education:

  • Doctorate in community college leadership, Ferris State University
  • Master’s, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Bachelor's, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Carrie Brimhall

 

Minnesota State Community and Technical College
1414 College Way
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Carrie Brimhall
Carrie.Brimhall@Minnesota.edu
Phone:
(218) 736-1503
Fax: (218) 736-1511

Appointed: July 1, 2018

 

Previous Positions:

  • Chief academic officer and vice president of academic affairs; associate vice president of academic and student affairs; interim provost; dean of enrollment; director of housing, admissions, recruitment, and retention, MState

Education:

  • PhD and MS in business/organization and management, Capella University
  • BA in communications, Concordia College
  • AA in liberal arts education, Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Honors/Recognitions:

  • YWCA of Fargo/Moorhead Woman of the Year Nominee, 2017
  • Executive Leadership Institute/League for Innovation Participant, 2017
  • Minnesota State Outstanding Academic Administrator, 2016
  • M State Presidential Excellence Award, 2015
  • Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans Award, 2015
  • Minnesota State Executive Leadership Program Participant, 2014
  • International Business Academy of Business and Economics Conference Session Chair, 2013
  • Prairie Business Magazine Award for Top 40 Executives Under 40, 2011
  • Outstanding National Student Advocate Professional Award, 2008
  • League of Innovation Award for Electronic Early Alert System, 2006-2007

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Minnesota State University, Mankato

309 Wigley Administration Center
Mankato, MN 56001

Edward Inch
edward.inch@mnsu.edu
Phone: (507) 389-1111
Fax: (507) 389-6200

Appointed: July 1, 2021

 

Previous Positions:

  • Provost and vice president for academic affairs and tenured professor, California State University, East Bay
  • Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and tenured professor, California State University, Sacramento
  • Provost and vice president for academic affairs and tenured professor, Capital University (OH)
  • Dean of the School of Arts and Communication, chair of the department of communication and theatre, director of forensics, and tenured professor, Pacific Lutheran University

Education:

  • Doctorate, University of Washington
  • Master’s, University of Oregon
  • Bachelor's, Western Washington University

Anne Blackhurst

 

Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563

Anne Blackhurst
anne.blackhurst@mnstate.edu
Phone:
(218) 477-2243
Fax: (218) 477-5093

Appointed: July 1, 2014

 

Previous Positions:

  • Provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Acting vice president for academic and student affairs; dean of graduate studies and research; professor, department of counseling and student personnel, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Assistant dean of student life; director of residence life, Marietta College

Education:

  • PhD in college student personnel, Ohio University
  • MEd in counseling, The College of Idaho
  • BA in economics, Boise State University

Professional Organizations:

  • American Council on Education
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
  • NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • American College Personnel Association

Terry Gaalswyk

 

Minnesota West Community and Technical College
1450 College Way
Worthington, MN 56187

Terry Gaalswyk
terry.gaalswyk@mnwest.edu
Phone: (507) 372-3464
Fax: (507) 372-5801

Appointed: July 1, 2015

 

Previous Positions:

  • Executive vice president, Western Nebraska Community College
  • Vice president of educational services, Western Nebraska Community College
  • Mathematics instructor, Iowa State University
  • Dean of instruction, division chair - computer science, mathematics instructor, Western Iowa Tech Community College
  • Mathematics instructor, South Dakota State University

Education:

  • PhD in educational leadership/policy studies, Iowa State University
  • MS in mathematics, South Dakota State University
  • MEd in vocational/technical education, South Dakota State University
  • BA in mathematics; secondary education endorsement, Northwestern College, Iowa

Joyce Ester

 

Normandale Community College
9700 France Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55431

Joyce Ester
joyce.ester@normandale.edu
Phone:
(952) 487-8149
Fax: (952) 487-8140

Appointed: August 2, 2014

 

Previous Positions:

  • President, City Colleges of Chicago: Kennedy-King College
  • Associate vice president for student services, Bakersfield College
  • Assistant vice president for judicial affairs and division planning, California State University, Fresno
  • Assistant dean of students/judicial affairs, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • American sign language adjunct professor, Santa Barbara City College

Education:

  • PhD education, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • MA education, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • BA sociology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb

Professional Organizations:

  • American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
  • American Council on Education
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for Student Conduct Administration (Formerly ASJA)
  • Commission XV: Campus Judicial Affairs and Legal Issues
  • Joint Task Force: Future of Student Affairs
  • Member of Commission for Inclusion
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
  • Xi Kappa Omega chapter president

Other Organizations:

  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – volunteer fundraiser
  • Salvation Army: Englewood Corps & Red Shield Advisory Council
  • United Way of Kern County – program reviewer

Rolando Garcia

 

North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Rolando García
rolando.garcia@nhcc.edu
Phone: (763) 424-0820
Fax: (763) 493-0577

Appointed: July 1, 2020

  

Previous Positions:

  • President, vice provost of academic resources, dean of academic resources and assessment; and faculty at Judson A. Samuels South Campus, Broward College (FL)
  • Dean of learning and technology resource at Woodbridge Campus, Southern Virginia Community College
  • Program coordinator, instructional designer/technology trainer, director of the computer courtyard, and campus director of learning resources, Miami Dade College

Education:

  • Doctorate, Florida International University
  • Master's, Florida International University
  • Bachelor's, University of Miami

Professional Organizations:

  • Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • YMCA of South Florida
  • Hispanic Unity of Florida

Sandra Kiddoo

 

Northland Community and Technical College
2022 Central Ave NE
East Grand Forks, MN 56721

Sandra Kiddoo
sandra.kiddoo@northlandcollege.edu 
Phone:
(218) 793-2465

Appointed: July 1, 2021

 

Previous Positions:

  • Chief academic officer, Hazard Community and Technical College
  • Vice president of academics at Mid-State Technical College (WI)
  • Associate vice president of instruction and education director for transportation and electronics, Wisconsin Technical College System

Education:

  • Doctorate, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Master’s, Capella University
  • Bachelor's, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

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Northwest Technical College
905 Grant Ave. S.E.
Bemidji, MN 56601
(Northwest Technical College is administered by Bemidji State University)

John Hoffman
john.hoffman@bemidjistate.edu
Phone:
(218) 755-2011
Fax: (218) 755-4048

Appointed: July 1, 2022

 

Previous Positions:

  • Acting senior vice chancellor at the University of Minnesota Crookston
  • Vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the University of Minnesota Crookston
  • Chair of the department of educational leadership at California State University

Education:

  • Doctorate, University of Minnesota
  • Master's, University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor's, Concordia University, Nebraska

Joe Mulford

 

Pine Technical & Community College
900 4th Street SE
Pine City, MN 55063

Joe Mulford
mulfordj@pine.edu
Phone:
(320) 629-5120
Fax: (320) 629-5120

Appointed: July 1, 2015

 

Previous Positions:

  • System director for education industry partnerships, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Dean of emergency services, manufacturing, and customized training, Hennepin Technical College
  • Dean of institutional services, custom training, and emergency services, Anoka Technical College
  • Building and industrial trades customized training coordinator, Century College
  • Chief academic officer, Globe College

Education:

  • EdD in higher education, (in progress) University of Nebraska
  • MA in public administration, Metropolitan State University
  • BS in business administration and marketing, St. Cloud State University
  • AA, Moorhead State University

Area of Expertise:

  • Workforce development and customized training
  • Student achievement
  • Community outreach
  • Innovative partnerships
  • System-wide collaborations
  • MnSCU Centers of Excellence
  • Leveraged Equipment

Craig Johnson

 

Ridgewater College
2101 15th Avenue NW
Willmar, MN 56201-2098

Craig Johnson
Craig.Johnson@Ridgewater.edu
Phone:
(320) 222-5201
Fax: (320) 222-5212

Appointed: July 1, 2018

 

Previous Positions:

  • Executive director of the University Center, South Dakota Public Universities & Research Center (SD)
  • Director, branch campus of Winona State University in Rochester (MN)
  • Administrator, West Bend Campus of Moraine Park Technical College (WI)
  • Academic resources coordinator/visual resources curator, University of Minnesota, college of architecture and landscape architecture

Education:

  • EdD in organizational leadership, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)
  • MA in higher education, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)
  • MA in art history, Tulane University
  • BS in art, University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point)

Adenuga Atewologun

 

Riverland Community College
1900 Eighth Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912

Adenuga Atewologun
adenuga.atewologun@riverland.edu
Phone:
(507) 433-0607
Fax: (507) 433-0370

Appointed: July 1, 2013

 

Previous Positions:

  • Vice president, academic affairs and dean of faculty, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights IL
  • Fellow, American Council on Education, Bellevue College, Bellevue WA
  • Dean, natural and applied sciences division, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn IL
  • Interim dean, health, social and dehavioral sciences division, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn IL
  • Associate dean, natural sciences, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn IL
  • Professor of engineering and physics, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn IL

Education:

  • PhD in agricultural engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • MS in agricultural engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BSc in agricultural engineering, First Class (Highest Honors), University of Ife, Ile-Ife

Professional Organizations:

  • National Council of Instructional Administrators
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • American Society for Engineering Educators
  • Association for Institutional Research
Honors/Recognitions:
  • Fellow, American Council on Education
  • Licensed Engineer, State of Illinois
  • Trained Examiner, Lincoln Award for Excellence
  • Certified Superabrasive Technology Instructor, GE Superabrasives Education Programs
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Educators
  • College of DuPage Outstanding Administrator Award 2007-2008
  • Post-Secondary Tech Prep Advocate of the Year (2008). DuPage Area Education to Careers/Technical Preparation

Special Expertise:

  • Strategic planning
  • Organizational leadership
  • Accreditation
  • Curriculum design, assessment and articulation
  • External partnerships
  • Grant development
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education

Jeffery Boyd

 

Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN 55904-4999

Jeffery Boyd
jeffery.boyd@rctc.edu
Phone:
(507) 285-7215
Fax: (507) 285-7108

Appointed: July 1, 2018

 

Previous Positions:

  • Provost, chief operating officer, and academic and student affairs administrator, Tidewater Community College (VA)
  • Dean of business and career technologies, Elgin Community College
  • Director of education and employment, Quad County Urban League
  • Student services administrator, Olivet Nazarene University
  • Student services administrator, Waubonsee Community College

Education:

  • Doctorate in community college leadership, National Louis University (IL)
  • MA in education, University of Phoenix (AZ)
  • BA in human services, Judson University (IL)
  • AA in criminal justice, San Joaquin Delta College (CA)

Robbyn Wacker

 

St. Cloud State University
720 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

Robbyn Wacker
president@stcloudstate.edu
Phone:
(320) 308-2122
Fax: (320) 308-5139

Appointed: July 1, 2018

 

Previous Positions:

  • Provost and vice president for academic affairs, University of Northern Colorado
  • Provost and vice president for academic affairs, special advisor to the president for regional economic development; California State University, Los Angeles
  • Dean of faculty, MBA director, founding director of the Center for International Affairs, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Faculty, California State University Channel Islands

Education:

  • Certificate of management development program, Harvard University, graduate school of education
  • PhD in sociology, Iowa State University
  • MS and BA in gerontology, University of Northern Colorado
  • BS in social sciences, University of Northern Colorado

Professional Organizations:

  • UC Health Greeley Hospital, inaugural board member (currently active)
  • State of Colorado’s 19th Judicial District Nominating Commission (currently active)
  • Board of Governors of the Accreditation for Gerontology Education Council, vice president (currently active)
  • Weld County Long Term Care Bioethics, committee member
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program, ex officio member
  • Coalition for Care, Inc. President, board of directors
  • Eldergarden Adult Day Program, board of directors, chair-planning Committee
  • Weld County Long Term Care Task Force

Honors/Recognitions:

  • Northern Colorado Women of Distinction Award Nominee for Education (2016)
  • The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Administrative Leadership Award (2014)
  • Colorado School of Public Health, Dean’s Leadership Award (2010)
  • A Woman’s Place, Outstanding Woman of Weld County Award (2005)
  • University of Northern Colorado, Academic Leadership Excellence Award (2003)
  • University of Northern Colorado, UNC Research Corporation and UNC Graduate School, Outstanding Achievement Award in Sponsored Programs (1998)
  • UNC Women’s Resource Center, Leadership Award (1998)
  • University of Northern Colorado, Motar Board, Professor of the Year (1995, 1996)
  • University of Northern Colorado, College of Human Sciences, Faculty Member of the Year (1994)

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St. Cloud Technical and Community College
1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Lori Kloos
lkloos@sctcc.edu
(320) 308-5017

Appointed: July 1, 2022

 


Previous Positions:

  • Vice president of administration and chief financial officer at St. Cloud Technical and Community College
Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree from Moorhead State University (now Minnesota State University Moorhead).

  • Diploma from Austin Area Vocational Technical Institute (now Riverland Community College)

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Saint Paul College
235 Marshall Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102

Deidra Peaslee
deidra.peaslee@saintpaul.edu
Phone: (651) 846-1335
Fax: (651) 846-1451

Appointed: March 17, 2021

 

Previous Positions:

  • Interim president of Saint Paul College
  • Vice president of academic and student affairs and dean of educational services at Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Assistant dean, director of Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and director of MBA international marketing and finance at DePaul University

Education:

  • Doctorate from St. Mary's University (MN)
  • Master's from Minnesota State University
  • Bachelor's from South Dakota State University

Annette Parker

 

South Central College
1920 Lee Boulevard
North Mankato, MN 56003

Annette Parker
annette.parker@southcentral.edu
Phone:
(507) 389-7207
Fax: (507) 388-9951

Appointed: July 1, 2013

 

Previous Positions:

  • System director, National Center of Excellence in Advanced Automotive Manufacturing; dystem director workforce & economic development, Kentucky Community & Technical College System
  • Department chair, manufacturing engineering technologies-technical careers division; lead faculty/faculty - computer aided drafting & design, technical careers division, Lansing Community College
  • Professor, Kent Intermediate School District
  • Tool design - engineering department, Wohlert Corporation
  • Material handling and investment recovery, General Motors Corporation

Education:

  • EdD, educational leadership, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • MS, career and technical education, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
  • BS, technical education, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
  • Michigan Provisional Vocational Teacher Certification, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
  • AAS, industrial drafting, Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan

Professional Organizations:

  • National Career Pathways Network
  • Center for Quality People and Organizations
  • SkillsUSA Corporate Board
  • Corporate Voices for Working Families
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • National Council for Workforce Education
  • National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers
  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • Chamber of Commerce – Faribault, Mankato, Waseca, New Ulm, Owatonna, St. Peter

Other Organizations:

  • Media team leader, Kingdom Ministries
  • Board member, Uplift Our Youth Foundation
  • Troop leader, Capitol City Girl Scouts Council

National Presentations:

  • U.S. State Department, Higher Education Dialogue with India (2012)
  • National Governors Association Policy Academy, "Making" Our Future: Encouraging growth opportunities in manufacturing through innovation, entrepreneurship and investment, (2012)
  • U.S. Department of Education, Whitehouse Education Regional Workshop Speaker on Community College/Corporate Partnership, (2011)
  • U.S. Presidents Business Roundtable:  Community College Business Engagement, (2011)

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Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street
Marshall, MN 56258

Kumara Jayasuriya
kumara.jayasuriya@smsu.edu
Phone: (507) 537-6272
Fax: (507) 537-6241

Appointed: July 1, 2019

 

Previous Positions:

  • Provost and vice president of academic affairs, professor of mathematics, at West Virginia State University
  • Associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of mathematics at Purdue University-North Central Campus
  • Assistant professor and chair of the department of mathematics, associate professor and chair of the division of natural science and mathematics, and dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics at Indiana University East

Education:

  • Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Master's from Southern Illinois University
  • Bachelor's from the University of Colombo

Professional Organizations:

  • College Board leader representing the State of Indiana in the Affinity Network project
  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association peer reviewer and accreditation officer

Scott R. Olson

 

Winona State University
8th & Johnson Streets
P.O. Box 5838
Winona, MN 55987-5838

Scott R. Olson
solson@winona.edu
Phone:
(507) 457-5003
Fax: (507) 457-2415

Appointed: July 1, 2012


Previous Positions:

  • Provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Interim vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Dean of the College of Communication, Information and Media, Ball State University
  • Assistant to the dean of arts and sciences, director of graduate studies in the department of communication, and professor at Central Connecticut State University.

Education:

  • PhD, radio/television/film, Northwestern University
  • MA, radio/television/film, Northwestern University
  • BA, European intellectual history, Northwestern University

Professional Organizations:

  • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Other Organizations:

  • Peer Review Corps, Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
  • National Communication Association
  • Rotary Club

Areas of Expertise:

  • Strategic planning, diversity in higher education, faculty development, media literacy, digitalization, globalization of media

Statement/Biography:

  • Prior to becoming a university administrator, Dr. Olson earned the tenure and the rank of professor of communication. What he learned as a classroom teacher then has been a major focus of his career ever since: improving teaching and enhancing student learning. He has also been active as a scholar, publishing two academic press books, 30 scholarly book chapters, and 22 journal articles in national and international publications. Through a gift from the Lilly Endowment, he worked with colleagues to create the Global Media Network (which won a national award from the American Council on Education) and the Center for Media Design.