President Merrill Irving, Jr.

Merrill Irving, Jr.

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

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


  • 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


  • 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