President Rassoul Dastmozd

Rassoul Dastmozd

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

Phone: (651) 846-1335
Fax: (651) 846-1451

Appointed: July 2011

Previous Positions:

  • Vice president of instruction, Clark College, Vancouver, Washington
  • Dean, applied technologies division, Eastern Iowa Community College District
  • Department chair, expanded programs, Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, Iowa
  • Advanced technology instructor, Indian Hills Community College


  • Ph.D., education and human resources and community college leadership, Colorado State University
  • M.S., educational administration, Drake University, Des Moines
  • Bachelor of engineering technology, Southwest State University, Marshall, Minnesota


  • American Association of Community Colleges Mentor Link Mentor 2005-2010
  • Recipient of the 2005 International Exemplary Leaders award
  • Recipient of 2016 H.E.R.B.I.E. Award by the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce for giving back to the community and for fostering strategic partnerships with local public, private and nonprofit organizations
  • 2016 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction by Phi Theta Kappa
  • 2016 Minnesota Business Magazine (Real) Power of 50 award
  • 2017 Pacesetter recipient in District 5 of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR)

Special Expertise:

  • Extensive experience in accreditation and compliance, strategic planning, academic and facilities master(s) planning, program and curriculum development, apprenticeship, grant implementation, student retention and completion, alternative instructional modalities, educational planning and oversight, and fund raising

Local and National Board Affiliations

  • AACC Master Mentor for MentorLink (NSF/AACC)
  • NSF National Visiting Team, CyberWatch West (Chair)
  • District Energy Board
  • Generation Next Board
  • Ketterings Foundation-Presidents’ Circle on Deliberative Conversation on Democracy
  • Promise Neighborhood Board
  • Neighborhood House Board
  • Paul Foundation & Minnesota Community Foundation Board
  • Minneapolis and St. Paul Workforce Innovation Network Board
  • Central Corridor Anchor Partnership Executive
  • United Hospital Foundation Board
  • Paul Mayor’s Innovation/High Tech Cabinet
  • Downtown St, Paul Alliance Steering Committee
  • Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council Board