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Minnesota State responds to Gov. Dayton’s State of the State address

SAINT PAUL, Minn., March 14, 2018 – In his State of the State address, Gov. Mark Dayton recommended $10 million in supplemental campus support funding for the colleges and universities of Minnesota State. This follows the strong bonding recommendation the Governor first announced in January that would provide for significant investments in the facilities of our state colleges and universities.

“We sincerely appreciate the tremendous support that Gov. Dayton has always shown for higher education and the 30 colleges and seven state universities of Minnesota State,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State. “All of the supplemental campus support funding recommended by the Governor would go directly to our colleges and universities to support the success of our 375,000 students. This is a critical need for our 54 campuses to continue to be the key to developing the talent needed to grow Minnesota’s economy.”

Gov. Dayton also expressed continued support for asset preservation and capital projects at the colleges and universities of Minnesota State. “The infrastructure supported in the Governor’s recommendation are the facilities that our students need in order to become the talent that drives the growth of Minnesota’s economy. The capital projects in the Governor’s proposal will directly benefit students and expand our capabilities in fields that are in high demand by employers such as nursing, STEM, information technology, and the liberal arts. We thank him for his leadership in this important work. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, campus leaders, students, faculty, and staff  across the state to make our case to the legislature and to the citizens of Minnesota,” Malhotra said.

For more information about the Minnesota State supplemental budget and bonding requests, visit

Minnesota State announces chancellor finalists

Three finalists to participate in open forums for employees and students on Feb. 28

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota State has named the finalists under consideration to become the next chancellor.

They are:

Ricardo Azziz

Ricardo Azziz has served the State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration since 2016 as chief officer, academic health and hospital affairs. He also serves as a senior fellow at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education Pullias Center for Higher Education, a position he has held since 2015. Previously, he was the founding president of Georgia Regents University (now Augusta University) from 2012 to 2015; president of Georgia Health Sciences University from 2010 to 2012; and founding chief executive officer of the Georgia Regents Health System from 2010 to 2015. At the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine from 2007 to 2010, he served as assistant dean for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CTS) and deputy director of the UCLA CTS Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, two master’s degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an MD from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.

Neal Cohen

Neal Cohen served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of ATK (NYSE: ATK) from 2012 to 2015. Previously, he was president and chief operating officer for Laureate Education from 2008 to 2011. He served Northwest Airlines between 1991 and 2008 in several capacities, including executive vice president of strategy and international; chief executive officer of regional operations; and executive vice president and chief financial officer. He also served US Airways as executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2002 to 2004. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s from the University of Chicago.

Van Ton-Quinlivan

Van Ton-Quinlivan serves as executive vice chancellor of workforce and digital futures for the 114 California Community Colleges after joining the system in 2011 as vice chancellor of workforce and economic development.  From 2006 to 2011, she served at Pacific Gas & Electric as director of workforce and economic development and special assistant to the chairman and CEO.  Prior to that, she held a variety of management roles across public, private, and entrepreneurial enterprises, and taught at DeAnza College (CA). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and dual master’s degrees from Stanford University.

The candidates are scheduled to visit the system office February 27 and February 28 for interviews with members of the Board of Trustees, the college and university presidents, and members of the chancellor’s cabinet. Each candidate will also participate in an open forum for employees and students on February 28. Details of the visits and the process for providing feedback are available at the Chancellor Search web page.

The chancellor search has been led by a search advisory committee comprised of students, faculty, staff, and community leaders and chaired by Scott Peterson, executive vice president and chief human resources officer of the Schwan’s Company.

“We have been very pleased with the talented and diverse slate of candidates that were attracted to this critical role,” said Peterson, “and we look forward to completing the search process.”

The chancellor is the chief executive officer of the Minnesota State system and has full executive responsibility for higher education leadership and effective management and operation of the system. The chancellor’s responsibilities include implementing board policy; providing for academic leadership including making recommendations to the board for college and university presidents and cabinet members; recommending operating and capital budgets; recommending allocation of resources; systemwide planning; oversight of collective bargaining; coordinating enterprise-wide information systems; management of personnel resources; and annual evaluation of the college and university presidents. The chancellor works in close collaboration with the system’s Leadership Council comprised of the chancellor’s cabinet and the presidents of the colleges and universities.

Update, winter storm: Classes will continue as scheduled

3 p.m. update: Campuses will remain open and evening classes will go on as scheduled. Since the storm is forecasted to continue through the night, please know that we will make a decision about any weather related cancelations for Tuesday morning courses by 6 am. If you do not receive a message via email and Star Alert, you should assume that classes will go on as scheduled.

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April 1: Application deadline for Annual Art Purchase Awards

In an effort to encourage the growth and development of studio artists among its students and alumni, and to elevate the profile of the arts on campus, Metropolitan State University has committed to sponsor an annual art purchase and competition.

Students and alumni may submit up to six works annually.  This year there is a special purchase from the library that will allow faculty to submit up to six works as well. All subjects, media and forms are welcome. Four works will be purchased for $1,000 each.

Applications are due on April 1. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.  A decision regarding the work selected for purchase will be made by the end of spring semester.  All applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.

Hard copy entry forms are available at The Gordon Parks Gallery.  Electronic versions of the entry form are available in the links below. Questions about entries can be sent to Amy Sands at 651-999-5963 or

Submissions will be reviewed by the Art Exhibition Committee, consisting of students (appointed by the Student Senate), faculty (appointed by the Inter Faculty Organization) and staff members (academic and administrative, appointed by the president and Executive Council).

The committee may request that works under consideration for purchase be lent to the university for the AEC to review firsthand.  In such a case, the artist will be contacted by an AEC member and arrangements will be made for a brief loan period.

Generous donors include the Office of the President, Academic Affairs, the Alumni Association, the Library Endowment, and the Student Senate.

Mamava pods provide private, clean, and comfortable nursing stations on campus

 Metropolitan State University Healthcare Services is proud to announce the arrival of the Mamava Lactation Pods.
The pods are located on the Saint Paul campus on the first floor of the Student Center and in the commons area at the Midway Campus.

Mamava is a business dedicated to changing the culture around breastfeeding by giving women clean and private facilities to use a breast pump or nurse an infant.

Mamava Pod
 (Image of the Mamava pod at the Saint Paul Campus.)

The pods are used in conjunction with the Mamava app which can be downloaded via the Adroid or Apple store. Women can use the app to find Mamava stations on campus and at other public places, as well. The pods will also allow the campus community to access additional space for lactation needs.

In addition to the pods, the standard lactation rooms on the Saint Paul Campus (room 140C) and Midway campus (room R) will be maintained. Look for updates to these rooms throughout spring semester. Students, staff, and faculty will also have the ability to schedule room 140C and room R through Healthcare Services.

Those needing access to the lactation rooms are asked to register at

Super Bowl LII: Expect traffic delays near MEC and MCTC

Counting down to Super Bowl Lll, Metropolitan State’s Minneapolis campus (MEC) will be open for business as usual, with increased security on the MCTC campus during this period.

Due to road closures in Minneapolis, increased population around Super Bowl Live and other events close to campus,  expect significant traffic delays and parking shortages in downtown Minneapolis from Tuesday, Jan. 23 through Tuesday, Feb. 6.

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“In Like a Lion” East Side Neighborhood Improvement Campaign

Jane Prince
Jane Prince

The Metropolitan State University community is invited participate in a new campaign, championed by Saint Paul Council member Jane Prince, Ward 7, which aims to gather input on what you would like to see in vacant lots and building near the Saint Paul Metropolitan State campus.

The “In Like a Lion” campaign uses the Hoodstarter platform to gather ideas and support from those that are most directly impacted by what happens on those properties. Please visit the website and create a login (very simple: add your name and create a password) and browse the five properties on the East Side. Propose your own ideas, and vote for ideas proposed by others.

The campaign lasts until Monday, Feb. 5, so make sure your voice is heard.

Minnesota State adopts comprehensive plan to strengthen developmental education

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State adopted a plan for re-envisioning and re-designing developmental education, a critical component of student success for thousands of students statewide. The plan is based on best practices that have been shown to reduce the number of students that take developmental education courses and improve the rate of success for students who do enroll in such courses. The plan is outlined in the 2018 Developmental Education Report that will be delivered to the Minnesota legislature in February.

“The colleges and universities of Minnesota State are open to all Minnesotans, and this means that we attract students with a broad range of academic preparedness,” said Ron Anderson, senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at Minnesota State. “To help all of our students be successful, it is critical that we offer courses, support services, and interventions that help students develop skills, prepare them for college-level coursework, and overcome gaps in academic readiness.”

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Stephanie Hammitt named interim president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Stephanie Hammitt
Stephanie Hammitt

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has named Stephanie Hammitt to serve as interim president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC). The appointment becomes effective July 1, 2018 following the retirement of the current president Larry Anderson.

“We cannot ask for a better interim leader for Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College,” said interim chancellor Devinder Malhotra. “She has tremendous support from both internal and external stakeholders, and is in an outstanding position to build upon the college’s partnership with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and enhance the joint identity of the college as both a tribal and community college.”

Hammitt has served Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College for approximately 27 years and is currently the vice president of Finance and Administration. From 1990-1996 and 2008-2016, she was the Chief Financial Officer at FDLTCC; in the interim, she served on the Tribal College’s Board of Directors, including many as board chair. From 1996 to 2008, she worked for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa as internal auditor and later was the Band’s comptroller for nearly seven years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

The search for a permanent president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will begin in the fall of 2018.

Larry Lundblad named interim president of Minnesota State College Southeast

Larry Lundblad
Larry Lundblad

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has named Larry Lundblad to serve as the interim president of Minnesota State College Southeast. The appointment of Lundblad becomes effective February 1, 2018.

Lundblad served as the president of Central Lakes College for 10 years until he retired in 2016. Previously, he served South Central College in several capacities including vice president and chief academic officer and dean of curriculum and instruction. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, a bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

“President Lundblad understands the challenges a college like Minnesota State College Southeast is facing today,” said Interim Chancellor Devinder Malhotra. “I am confident that his background and his personal management style of inclusiveness and engagement will enable Larry to begin working immediately to address these challenges and take advantage of opportunities to create a stronger institution that will welcome a new president next year.”

A search for a permanent president will be launched this fall.