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
  • Doctorate 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
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership, University of North Dakota
  • Master’s degree in Human Resource Administration, Central Michigan University

Faith Hensrud

 

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

Faith Hensrud
fhensrud@bemidjistate.edu
Phone:
(218) 755-2011
Fax: (218) 755-4048

Appointed: July 1, 2016

 

Previous Positions:

  • Provost/vice chancellor for academic affairs, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and outreach, leader of distance education and continuing education programs and activities, associate professor; University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • US Army and US Army Reserve

Education:

  • Doctorate, University of Minnesota
  • Master's, College of St. Scholastica (Duluth)
  • Bachelor's University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

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:

  • Ed.D in Leadership EdD, University of St. Thomas
  • M.A. in English, Souther Illinois University at Carbondale
  • B.A. in Engish and Philosophy, University of Minnesota, Morris

Stephanie Hammitt

 

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

Stephanie Hammitt
shammitt@fdltcc.edu
Phone:
(218) 879-0804
Fax: (218) 879-0728

Appointed: July 1, 2018

 

Previous Positions:

  • Vice president of Finance and Administration; Chief Financial Officer; Board of Directors Chair and Member, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
  • Comptroller and Internal Auditor, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Education:

  • Bachelor's in Accounting, University of Minnesota, Duluth

Honors/Recogintions:

  • Minnesota State Outstanding Service Award
  • Minnesota State Chancellor’s Award for Budget Committee

Merrill Irving, Jr.

 

Hennepin Technical College
9000 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445-2399

Merrill Irving, Jr.
merrill.irving@hennepintech.edu
Phone:
(763) 488-2401
Fax: (763) 488-2956

Appointed: July 1, 2015

 

Previous Positions:

  • Associate Vice President, Continuing Education, Training and Workforce Development, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Illinois
  • Chairperson, The School of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Wolfson Campus, Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida
  • Biosciences Program Director, Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida

Education:

  • Doctor of Education, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • Master of Public Administration, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and History, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

Professional Organizations:

  • American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
    • Board of Directors
    • Co-Chair, Commission on Economic and Workforce Development
  • The Presidents Roundtable (PRT)
  • National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE)
  • National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA)
  • LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education
  • Minnesota Governor’s Workforce Board
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Peer Review Corps

Areas of Expertise:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC) AQIP Pathway and Comprehensive Quality Review
  • Continuing education, workforce and economic development, and adult learning
  • Enrollment and persistence
  • Internal and external collaborations
  • Strategic planning
  • Leadership and professional development
  • Innovation in education

Honors/Recognitions:

  • LeadMN College President of the Year 2017
  • League for Innovation-Innovation of the Year Award- Biotechnology 2007
  • Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc. Best and Brightest Fellow USC
  • Judith Herndon Fellow to West Virginia House of Delegates

Photo of Michael RaichHibbing Community College
1515 East 25th Street
Hibbing, MN 55746
(Hibbing Community College is part of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED), a consortium comprising of Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College, and Vermilion Community College)

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

Appointed: July 1, 2019

Previous Positions:

  • 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 degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth

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:

  • Ed.D in Leadership EdD, University of St. Thomas
  • M.A. in English, Souther Illinois University at Carbondale
  • B.A. in Engish and Philosophy, University of Minnesota, Morris

Photo of Michael RaichHibbing Community College
1515 East 25th Street
Hibbing, MN 55746
(Hibbing Community College is part of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED), a consortium comprising of Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College, and Vermilion Community College)

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

Appointed: July 1, 2019

Previous Positions:

  • 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 degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth

Photo of Patricia Rogers

 

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 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 Studies 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:

  • Ph.D., Master's or Arts, and bachelor's degree from the Univeristy of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Professional Organizations:

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

Photo of Michael RaichHibbing Community College
1515 East 25th Street
Hibbing, MN 55746
(Hibbing Community College is part of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED), a consortium comprising of Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College, and Vermilion Community College)

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

Appointed: July 1, 2019

Previous Positions:

  • 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 degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth

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

Larry Lundblad

 

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

Larry Lundblad
larry.lundblad@southeastmn.edu
Phone:
(507) 453-2721
Fax: (507) 453-2424

Appointed: February 1, 2018

 

Previous Positions:

  • President, Central Lakes College
  • Vice president and chief academic officer and dean of curriculum and instruction, South Central College

Education:

  • Doctorate, University of Minnesota
  • Master's and bachelor's, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Bachelor's, Iowa State University

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:

  • Ph.D and M.S. in Business/Organization and Management, Capella University
  • B.A. in Communications, Concordia College
  • A.A. in Liberal Arts Education, Minnsota 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

Richard W. Davenport

 


Minnesota State University, Mankato

309 Wigley Administration Center
Mankato, MN 56001

Richard W. Davenport
richard.davenport@mnsu.edu
Phone:
(507) 389-1111
Fax: (507) 389-6200

Appointed: July 1, 2002

 

Previous Positions:

  • Provost and vice president, Central Michigan University
  • Dean of the graduate school and associate vice president for academic affairs, Western State College of Colorado
  • Chairperson and professor, Winona Tri-College/University Cooperative Program

Education:

  • Ph.D., higher education administration, Iowa State University
  • M.S., speech and hearing sciences, Colorado State University
  • B.A., speech and hearing disorders, University of Nebraska - Kearney

Professional Organizations:

  • American Council on Education
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Council for Advancement

Other Organizations:

  • Center for Rural Policy and Development, board of directors
  • Greater Mankato Economic Growth Corporation
  • Cities, Colleges and University Council
  • AASCU's Rural Institutions Committee
  • AASCU's Professional Development Committee
  • Mankato Diversity Council

Areas of Expertise:

  • Higher education administration consulting, shared governance, extended learning and global issues

Statement/Biography:

  • With a teaching career that spans over a 30-year period, Dr. Davenport has received several teaching excellence awards and earned tenure and full professor rank before entering academic administration on a full-time basis. In his administrative roles, Dr. Davenport has emphasized teaching excellence, scholarly work, and promotion of student learning as primary goals for faculty.

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:

  • Ph.D. in college student personnel, Ohio University
  • M.Ed. in counseling, The College of Idaho
  • B.B.A. 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 Gallswyk
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:

  • Pd.D. in Educational Leadership/Policy Studies, Iowa State University
  • M.S. in Mathematics, South Dakota State University
  • M.Ed. in Vocational/Technical Education, South Dakota State University
  • B.A. 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:

  • Ph.D. Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A. Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.A. 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

Barbara McDonald

 

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

Barbara McDonald
barbara.mcdonald@nhcc.edu
Phone:
(763) 424-0820
Fax: (763) 493-0577

Appointed: July 1, 2015

 

Previous Positions:

  • Interim President, Minnesota West Technical and Community College
  • Provost, Itasca Community College
  • Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services, Itasca Community College
  • Dean of Academic Affairs, Itasca Community College
  • Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Itasca Community College
  • English Faculty and Assessment Coordinator, Rainy River Community College
  • Adjunct Faculty, Master of Education Cohort Program, University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • ESL Program Director and ESL Instructor, Western Academy of Beijing

Education:

  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D), University of Minnesota
  • Masters of Arts, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, American University in Cairo
  • Bachelors of Arts, English, University of Colorado, Boulder

Professional Organizations:

  • Chair, MnSCU Academic Affairs Council
  • Chair, Higher Learning Commission Reaccreditation
  • Chair, First Year Policy Center, Foundations of Excellence
  • Chair, NCA Steering Committee and NCA Focus Visit Coordinator
  • Chair, Northeast Higher Education District and NE Council of Chief Academic Officers
  • Leadership Council Member, Education Innovation Partnership (EIP) K-12 NE Regional
  • Northeast Higher Education District Lead Administrator, Department of Labor Grant: Renewable Energy
  • Northeast Higher Education District Representative, Minnesota Center of Excellence for Manufacturing and Engineering (MNCEME) Deans Council
  • Regional Leadership Committee Member, Applied Learning Institute (K-12 partnerships)
  • Regional MnSCU Representative, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Regional Higher Education Representative, State Health Improvement Program
  • Regional Administrator, National Center of Excellence, Pulp and Paper Technology and Training Consortium (NPT2)
  • Steering Committee Member, Northeast Higher Education District Strategic Plan

Other Organizations:

  • American Association of University Women, Grand Rapids Chapter
  • Itasca Economic Development Corporation Board
  • Get Fit Itasca Leadership Council
  • Blandin Paper Company Advisory Committee
  • Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital Board
  • Itasca Cable Television Board
  • Reif Performing Arts Center Board
  • Itasca County Jobs 2020 Planning Committee
  • MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, MN
  • National Association of Mental Health (NAMI), Grand Rapids Chapter
  • Parish Council St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Dennis Bona

 

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

Dennis Bona
dennis.bona@northlandcollege.edu
Phone:
(218) 793-2465


Appointed: July 1, 2015

 

Previous Positions:

  • President, Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI
  • Vice president for instruction, Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI
  • Dean, career and occupational education,Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI
  • Director, regional manufacturing technology center, Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI
  • Director, trades and technology, Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI
  • Instructional manager, industrial welding, Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI
  • Program manager, welding, Calhoun Area Vocational Center, Battle Creek, MI
  • Adjunct Faculty, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI
  • Adjunct Faculty, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Education:

  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
  • M.A. Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
  • B.A. in Trade and Technical Education, Michigan Vocational Teaching Certification for Secondary Level, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI
  • A.A.S. in Welding Technology, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI

Professional Organizations:

  • Michigan Community College Association
  • Michigan Community College Chief Academic Officers
  • Michigan Occupational Deans Administrative Council
  • Michigan Educators Apprenticeship & Training Association
  • Michigan Apprenticeship Steering Committee, Inc.
  • School to Registered Apprenticeship Consortium
  • Michigan Vocational Curriculum Leaders

Boards and Community Activities:

  • Binda Foundation Board
  • Educators Task Force
  • Battle Creek Unlimited Executive Board
  • Workforce Development Board
  • Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce Board
  • Carson's Scholarship Board
  • Non-profit Alliance Advisory Board
  • Legacy Scholars Board
  • Battle Creek Area Math Science Center Advisory Board
  • Calhoun Area Technology Center Advisory Board
  • Pennfield Public Schools Foundation
  • Battle Creek United Way
  • Battle Creek United Arts Council

Honors/Recognitions:

  • Honors Award for Outstanding Service - The Substance Abuse Council, 2011
  • Administrative Leadership Award - National Council for Learning Resources of AACC, 2009

Faith Hensrud

 

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

Faith Hensrud
fhensrud@bemidjistate.edu

Phone: (218) 755-2011
Fax: (218) 755-4048

Appointed: July 1, 2016

 

Previous Positions:

  • Provost/vice chancellor for academic affairs, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and outreach, leader of distance education and continuing education programs and activities, associate professor; University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • US Army and US Army Reserve

Education:

  • Doctorate, University of Minnesota
  • Master's, College of St. Scholastica (Duluth)
  • Bachelor's University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

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:

  • Ed.D in Higher Education, (in progress) University of Nebraska
  • M.M.A. in Public Administration, Metropolitan State University
  • B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing, St. Cloud State University
  • A.A., 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

Photo of Michael RaichHibbing Community College
1515 East 25th Street
Hibbing, MN 55746
(Hibbing Community College is part of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED), a consortium comprising of Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College, and Vermilion Community College)

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

Appointed: July 1, 2019

Previous Positions:

  • 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 degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth

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:

  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)
  • M.A. in Higher Education, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)
  • M.A. in Art History, Tulane University
  • B.S. 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 Behavioral 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:

  • Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. in Agricultural Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • B.Sc. 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 Univeristy (IL)
  • M.A. in Education, University of Phoenix (AZ)
  • B.A. in Human Services, Judson University (IL)
  • A.A 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
  • MBA director, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Faculty, California State University Channel Islands

Education:

  • Certificate of Management Development Program, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Iowa State University
  • M.S. and B.A. in Gerontology, University of Northern Colorado
  • B.S. 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)

Annesa Cheek

 


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

Annesa Cheek
annesa.cheek@sctcc.edu
(320) 308-5017

Appointed: July 1, 2018

 

Previous Positions:

  • Vice President of School and Community Partnerships; Vice President of Student Financial Services; Chief of Staff; Senior Director of Advancement; Deputy Campaign Manager; Assistant to the President, Sinclair Community College (OH)
Education:
  • Ed.D, University of Texas (Austin)
  • MBA, University of Dayton (OH)
  • B.A. in Buisness Management, Tennessee State University

Professional Organizations:

  • Dayton Multicultural Leadership Roundtable, Moderator (2017)
  • Statewide Workgroup to Evaluate High School Graduation Requirements, Member (2017)
  • National Conference for Community and Justice, Board Member (since 2017)
  • Parity, Inc., Board Member (since 2016)
  • Montgomery County Mentoring Collaborative Advisory Board, Co-Chair (since 2016)
  • Dayton Early College Academy, Board Member (since 2015)
  • Education/Life Skills Committee, Montgomery County Family and Children First Council Strategic Planning Team, Co-Chair (2015-2016)
  • High Quality Schools Committee, Mayor’s City of Learners Initiative, Co-Chair (2015-2016)
  • United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, Campaign, Cabinet Member (2013-2015)
  • American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), Future Leaders Institute, Participant (2007)

Honors/Recognitions:

  • Aspen Presidential Fellow for Community College Excellence (inaugural class; 2016-2017)
  • Dayton Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award, Recipient (2008)

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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: July 2019

 

Previous Positions:

  • 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 degree 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; System 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:

  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • M.S., Career and Technical Education, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
  • B.S., Technical Education, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
  • Michigan Provisional Vocational Teacher Certification, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
  • A.A.S., 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, as well as a 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 degree 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

Photo of Michael RaichHibbing Community College
1515 East 25th Street
Hibbing, MN 55746
(Hibbing Community College is part of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED), a consortium comprising of Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College, and Vermilion Community College)

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

Appointed: July 1, 2019

Previous Positions:

  • 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 degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth

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 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:

  • Ph.D., [Radio-Television-Film], Northwestern University
  • M.A., [Radio-Television-Film], Northwestern University
  • B.A., 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.