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From the Chancellor: Job well done!

Dear colleagues,

Last summer, I wrote to you at the beginning of the academic year when I began serving as interim chancellor. As you know, the Board of Trustees appointed me chancellor on March 2. Serving as Minnesota State chancellor is an honor, a privilege, and an awesome responsibility, but I am confident that with more than 16,000 faculty and staff, 30 presidents, and other institutional leaders as partners, we can accomplish the task ahead together.

Devinder Malhotra
Devinder Malhotra

As commencement ceremonies celebrate the more than 20,000 students who are graduating this spring, it is clear what the colleges and universities of Minnesota State mean to the people of communities across our state. My understanding of our complexity and the challenges we face has matured over time (much as I have, though it might be surprising to some!) from my time at St. Cloud State University, at Metropolitan State University, and as your interim chancellor.

A couple of weeks ago, I undertook a three-day, 936-mile tour that included campus visits and discussions with local television and newspapers in ten cities – St. Cloud, Bemidji, Fargo-Moorhead, Worthington, Marshall, Mankato, Winona, Red Wing, and the final two campuses in my quest to visit all of our 54 campuses: Central Lakes College in Staples and the Canby campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

My goal was to tell our story – the story of the college or university in each media market and how those campuses are absolutely vital to the social and economic vibrancy of the community they serve; and also the story of the collective impact of all our colleges and universities across the state. A powerful symbol of that impact is the 40,000 students who graduate from our campuses every year and bring their skills and talents back into Minnesota communities. That is critical when you’re greeted by Help Wanted signs these days, no matter what city or town you’re in.

I’d like to share with you just two examples from my recent campus visits that reveal what we do and who we are as a system of colleges and universities:

At Central Lakes College, I toured the 360-acre operations field (affectionately known as “the sand box”) used by the Heavy Equipment Operations and Maintenance program, which is the largest laboratory at any of our colleges and universities. Central Lakes students gain hands-on experience running equipment fitted with the latest GPS technology, including one piece of equipment for laying pipe donated by community partners.

My visit to Minnesota West in Canby gave me a great deal to reflect on. It’s where I met Jody Olson, an incredibly proud supporter of the Canby campus, whose late husband, Dr. Robert Olson, was instrumental in the creation of what was then Canby Area Vocational Technical Institute in 1965. Jody continues that legacy through an annual scholarship, and her family’s generosity represents the generosity of families and community partners who over the years helped build our system of colleges and universities. Because of people like the Olsons, the Canby campus of Minnesota West is now home to unique programs such as Wind Energy Technology, which attracts students from across the state.

Canby is also where I was presented with a sacred ceremonial Lakota pipe carved by Ray Redwing, a Vietnam Navy veteran, member of the Santee Dakota Nation, and pipe carver who worked at Pipestone National Monument for over two decades. I was told the pipe represents the four directions from which the four winds come, and each direction and each wind has a special meaning: North brings the cold, cleansing winds of winter. South stands for warmth and growing. East is where the sun rises, bringing a new day. And West is the source of thunder and rain, which provides our lakes, streams, and rivers. I was deeply moved by this gift, and the wisdom behind it will be an inspiration as we respond to our challenges and to the headwinds facing higher education.

At every campus I set foot on, I am incredibly humbled and impressed by the deep commitment faculty, staff, and community members show for students and for the college or university. From a simple “hello” faculty and staff say to students in the hallway, to the president who doesn’t think it’s beneath him to stop to pick up trash, to community partners who make it possible for our students to have real-world experience long before they graduate, I sense something powerful that’s unlike anything that exists at any other higher education providers. That’s what makes Minnesota State and the work we do very special. We are the flagship higher education system for the state of Minnesota.

The past year has been a learning experience for me – first as interim and now learning what it means to be the long-term chancellor. I began the year planning to pass the torch to the next chancellor, little did I realize that I would be passing it along to myself. I finish this year well aware that I have much to do and much to learn from all of you, but I am excited about our partnership and the work ahead.

One final thought: as we strive to provide the educational experiences our students need, I hope we will all remember to take care of ourselves and each other.

Until my next visit to your campus,

Chancellor Malhotra signature

Devinder Malhotra
Chancellor
chancellor@minnstate.edu

Devinder Malhotra to continue as Chancellor of Minnesota State

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota – The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has voted to name Devinder Malhotra as the chancellor of Minnesota State. The move comes after a search committee forwarded to the Board of Trustees three finalists for consideration, and the board concluded that none of the three were the right individual to serve as chancellor for Minnesota State. After approval by the Board, Malhotra is to be offered a three year contract to serve in the role of chancellor.

“Malhotra has accomplished much during his service as interim chancellor,” said Michael Vekich, chair of the Board of Trustees. “He has deepened the relationship between Minnesota State and both the bargaining units and student associations. He has encouraged open communication between the Board and our presidents. He has brought a laser focus to student success, and he has reaffirmed our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by fostering a culture in which we can have difficult conversations about critical issues.”

Malhotra has been serving as interim chancellor since August, 2017 after the retirement of Steven Rosenstone, who served as chancellor from 2011 to 2017. Malhota was appointed to this role in February, 2017 after the Board of Trustees concluded at that time that a nationwide search for a permanent chancellor had not identified the right individual to serve in this role. The next phase of the search began in September, 2017, and culminated with the March 2, 2018 special meeting of the Board of Trustees to consider three additional finalists, and the Board again concluded that none of the finalists was the right individual to serve as chancellor for Minnesota State.

“The Board has high aspirations for the work the chancellor must accomplish if we are to respond to an ever-changing higher education and workplace landscape,” said Vekich. “This includes maintaining a focus on student success, completing the priorities this board has set, most notably implementation of Charting the Future; and moving forward on ways to ensure the long term financial sustainability of our colleges and universities.”

Vekich stated he will be commissioning a strategic taskforce to evaluate all processes related to student success to understand the barriers students experience and ensure they are able to achieve their education goals.

Prior to his service as interim chancellor, Malhotra had served in leadership positions at other Minnesota State universities including Metropolitan State University as interim president from 2014 to 2016, and at St. Cloud State University as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs from 2009 to 2014. Previously, he served as the dean of the college of Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern Maine from 2005 to 2009 and as associate dean of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Akron. He also served as a tenured professor of economics on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine and the University of Akron. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s from the University of Delhi and a doctorate from Kansas State University. He has also completed the Management Development Program of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education.

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.

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.

Minnesota State kicks-off next phase of search for chancellor

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 20, 2017 – With the retirement of Steven Rosenstone, who served as chancellor from 2011 – 2017, and with Devinder Malhotra serving as interim chancellor, Minnesota State has begun the next phase in the search for its permanent chancellor.

Former MnSCU Chancellor Rosenstone

“The most important responsibility of the Board of Trustees is the selection of the chancellor of the fourth largest system of higher education in the nation,” said Michael Vekich, chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. “This is a critical role, responsible for providing leadership for our state colleges and universities as they develop the talent that businesses and communities across Minnesota need in order to thrive. We are committed to filling this role with a gifted leader who has the experience and the collaborative skills required to keep our system of state colleges and universities moving forward.”

To assist in the search process, the Board of Trustees has appointed a search advisory committee comprised of trustees, students, faculty, and staff as well as presidents, members of the chancellor’s cabinet, and community leaders.

Devinder Malhotra
Devinder Malhotra, former interim president of Metropolitan State University, is serving as the interim chancellor.

To manage the search process, Minnesota State has engaged Wheless Partners, one of the nation’s leading executive search consultant and human capital advisor firms experienced in working with a range of clients, including higher education, global Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, government organizations, public and private institutions, and entrepreneurial startups. Wheless Partners has led many successful executive searches across the state of Minnesota, and the higher education team has conducted presidential and chancellor searches for numerous public and private universities and systems nationally. “We were impressed,” Vekich added, “with Wheless’ track record for going beyond traditional methods of recruiting to develop a broad pool of candidates.”

According to Vekich, the search will continue until a permanent chancellor is found.

The colleges and universities of Minnesota State offer more than 3,700 academic programs and over 600 online programs, and award over 40,000 degrees, certificates, and diplomas each year.  More than 87 percent of graduates get jobs related to their field of study, and over 80 percent stay in Minnesota to work or continue their education.

Statement of Interim Chancellor Devinder Malhotra regarding DACA

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 5, 2017 – At Minnesota State, our core commitments include opening the doors of educational opportunity and ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans.  The diversity of our campus communities is a key strength – one that makes us who we are and allows our state colleges and universities to play the critical role they do.

As our nationwide dialog concerning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  (DACA) continues to unfold, we will continue to express our steadfast support for this policy and strongly urge our federal delegation to preserve its protections. Terminating or phasing out DACA would leave thousands of young people across the country, including perhaps some of our students, with uncertain futures. We are committed to working with our students, our faculty, our staff, and our representatives in Washington toward a long-term solution that supports DACA students and allows them to continue to contribute to our vibrant communities throughout Minnesota and to our economy. Our campuses will remain safe and welcoming places of inclusion, hope, and opportunity for all of our students, faculty, and staff.

Devinder Malhotra named interim chancellor of Minnesota State

Malhotra to serve while the search for permanent chancellor continues

SAINT PAUL, Minn., Feb. 9, 2017– The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has voted unanimously to name Devinder Malhotra to serve as the interim chancellor of Minnesota State. The action comes as the board concluded that, after an extensive search, it had not yet identified the right individual to serve as chancellor on a permanent basis. With this appointment, Malhotra will serve as interim chancellor until a permanent chancellor is named.

“I am very pleased that Devinder Malhotra has agreed to serve in this critical role,” said Michael Vekich, chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. “Dr. Malhotra is a gifted leader with the experience, the understanding of our system, and the collaborative skills required to lead the system while the search continues. In his previous service to Minnesota State as an interim president of Metropolitan State University, he demonstrated his ability to keep us moving forward. Dr. Malhotra will ensure our ability to serve students and communities across Minnesota so we can meet the state’s need for talent. I thank him for his willingness to serve.”

Dr. Malhotra has served in leadership positions at two Minnesota State universities: Metropolitan State University as interim president from 2014 until his retirement in 2016, and St. Cloud State University as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs from 2009 to 2014. Previously, he served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern Maine from 2005 to 2009 and as associate dean of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Akron. A tenured professor of economics for more than three decades, he has served on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine and the University of Akron. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s from the University of Delhi, and a doctorate from Kansas State University. He also completed the Management Development Program of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education.

“I appreciate the confidence that Chair Vekich and the Board of Trustees has placed in me,” said Malhotra, “and I look forward to once again serving the students of Minnesota State as we continue our critical work.”

Malhotra will succeed Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, who has served as chancellor of Minnesota State since 2011 and has announced his intention to retire at the completion of his contract, on July 31, 2017.

“Dr. Malhotra’s willingness to step into this role is a profound act of generosity. I have deep respect and admiration for him,” said Rosenstone. “He will lead Minnesota State just as he led as provost or interim president – with grace, wisdom, and sincere dedication to the mission of our colleges and universities.”

Details on the continuation of the search will be announced when they are available.

Minnesota State announces finalists for chancellor

SAINT PAUL, Minn., Feb. 6, 2017– The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees will consider three candidates for appointment as the next Minnesota State chancellor.  Those under consideration are as follows:

Michael Martin
Michael Martin

Michael Martin is chancellor emeritus and senior fellow at the Colorado State University System, where he served as chancellor from 2012 to 2015. Previously, he served Louisiana State University as chancellor, New Mexico State University as president, and the University of Florida as vice president for agriculture and natural resources. He has served the University of Minnesota in several capacities including vice president for agricultural policy, dean of the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences, and acting director and associate director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

Keith Miller
Keith Miller

Keith Miller is president emeritus of Lock Haven University (PA), where he served as president from 2004 to 2010. He also served Virginia State University as president, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as provost and as vice chancellor, Niagara University as dean of the College of Business Administration, Quinnipiac University (CT) as associate dean of the School of Business, and Farleigh Dickinson University (NJ) as the MBA program director, as the interim campus chairperson of the management and marketing department, and as an assistant professor. He holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s, and a doctoral degree from the University of Arizona.

Cathy Sandeen
Cathy Sandeen

Cathy Sandeen has served as the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin-Extension since 2014. Previously, she served the American Council on Education as vice president of educational attainment and innovation, the University of California Los Angeles as dean of Continuing Education UCLA Extension, the University of California Santa Cruz as vice provost and dean of University Extension and Summer Session, and the University of California San Francisco in numerous capacities. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University, master’s degrees from San Francisco State University and the University of California Los Angeles, and a doctorate from the University of Utah.

Full curricula vitae of the finalists are available at http://minnstate.edu/chancellorsearch.

On Feb, 7-8, the candidates will interview with members of the Board of Trustees, college and university presidents, and members of the chancellor’s cabinet, and will participate in an employee forum.  All campus faculty, staff, and students throughout Minnesota may participate via WebEx.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees will review feedback received from interview participants and, after deliberation, will consider the appointment of a preferred candidate on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.  The new chancellor term will begin Aug. 1.

Steven Rosenstone has served as Minnesota State chancellor since 2011 and announced his intention to retire upon completion of his contract on July 31, 2017.

Feb. 8: Finalists forum for chancellor candidates

The Minnesota State Board of Trustees will begin the final process of selecting the next Minnesota State chancellor on Tuesday, Feb. 7 with a series of in-person interviews. The names of the finalists will be made public on Monday, Feb. 6 and their full curricula vitae will be available online.

A Board-led finalists forum from 9:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 will be shown via WebEx. During three separate sessions, the remaining candidates will give a short presentation followed by a question and answer period.

Through the links provided in this email, viewers will have the opportunity to listen in on the forums, to submit written questions for possible inclusion in the Q & A session, and to fill out a brief questionnaire with thoughts helpful to the board as it makes this important decision.

Wednesday, Feb. 8 – Open Forum
Candidate 1
 9:15-10:30 a.m. 
30 7th Street East, Suite 350, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Conference Rooms 3304/06
WebEx link

Join by phone: 1-866-469-3239
Meeting number (access code): 630 357 214

Candidate 2
10:45 a.m. – Noon 
30 7th Street East, Suite 350, Saint Paul, Conference Rooms 3304/06
WebEx link

Join by phone: 1-866-469-3239
Meeting number (access code): 636 449 830

Candidate 3
12:30-1:45 p.m. 
30 7th Street East, Suite 350, Saint Paul, Conference Rooms 3304/06
WebEx link

Join by phone: 1-866-469-3239
Meeting number (access code): 633 215 018

Chancellor search to enter final phase

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The extensive nationwide search for the next chancellor of Minnesota State is expected to enter its final phase next week.

The search has been underway since fall 2016 and was conducted by a 19-member search advisory committee that included representatives from all faculty and staff bargaining units, both student organizations, leadership of Minnesota State colleges and universities, members of the community, and representatives of the Board of Trustees.

On Feb. 6, Minnesota State will release the names and curriculum vitae of the finalists the Board of Trustees will consider.

“I am very pleased with the outstanding candidates who were attracted to this key position and I thank all members of the search advisory committee for their hard work and collaboration throughout this process,” said George Soule, committee chair.

On Feb. 7 and 8, the candidates will interview with members of the Board of Trustees, college and university presidents, and members of the chancellor’s cabinet, and will participate in an employee and student forum. All Minnesota State campus faculty, staff, and students can participate via WebEx.

MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone
MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees will review feedback received from the search advisory committee and those who participated in the interviews, and will discuss the candidates during a special meeting of the Board of Trustees scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 9. The board will consider the appointment of a preferred candidate. The new chancellor term will begin Aug. 1.

Steven Rosenstone has served as Minnesota State chancellor since 2011 and announced his intention to retire upon completion of his contract on July 31, 2017.

Statement on racism from MnSCU presidents and chancellor

Dear students, faculty and staff,

Recent events on campuses across the country remind us of the ugliness of racism and intolerance and its painful impact on the lives of our students, faculty, and staff. Because we are not immune to racism here in Minnesota, today we stand together – as leaders of Minnesota’s state colleges and universities – to condemn racism and intolerance and reaffirm our commitment to our core value: our colleges and universities are places of hope and opportunity where everyone can create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities. And when we say everyone, we really do mean everyone.

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