President Connie J. Gores

Connie Gores

Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street
Marshall, MN 56258

Phone: (507) 537-6272
Fax: (507) 537-6241

Appointed: July 1, 2013

Previous Positions:

  • Interim President, Winona State University
  • Vice President for Student Life and Development, Winona State University


  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, specialization in Higher Education, University of Washington
  • M.Ed., College Student Personnel Administration, Colorado State University
  • B.A., Sociology, North Dakota State University

Professional Organizations:

  • Co-chair, NASPA IV-East Conference
  • Board member, Jared P. Stene Student Leadership Scholarship Board
  • Board member, Minnesota Association of Colleges and Employers Network
  • Executive board member, National American Council on Education


  • Wise Woman of the Year, American College Personnel Association
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Award, Students at Willamette University


  • Dr. Gores is a graduate of the prestigious Institute for Educational Management through the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She co-authored a case study on crisis leadership with Harvard University Kennedy School and Harvard University Graduate School of Education.