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Governor recommends $180 million to address deferred maintenance at all 54 Minnesota State campuses

$94.5 million in capital projects on 16 campuses also recommended

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 16, 2018 – Today Gov. Dayton announced his top priority for this year’s legislative session: investments in infrastructure, including $180 million in asset preservation and replacement projects that would touch all 54 campuses within the Minnesota State system.  He also recommended $63.0 million in state funds be combined with $31.5 million in system funds be allocated to pay for 16 campus-based renovation projects to meet the needs of 21st century learners.

“Thank you, Gov. Dayton, for the strong recommendation for investment in the assets our colleges and universities maintain for students on behalf of the people of Minnesota,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor for Minnesota State.

Investing in world class colleges and universities

The top priority within the Minnesota State request to the legislature this year is asset preservation and replacement funds, with 40 percent of projects related to roofing, as Minnesota State is sheltered by 301 acres of roofs.  The next largest category of spending – 21 percent – will be used to maintain or replace the more than 2,600 different pieces of HVAC equipment, such as boilers and air handlers at the system’s 54 campuses.  Investments such as these in asset preservation ensure that campus operating dollars are dedicated to improving educational outcomes instead of repairing buildings.  Funding asset preservation projects will remain a top priority in future years, as well, due to a backlog of $913 million of deferred maintenance.

“Every year, Minnesota State welcomes more than 375,000 students who dream of being our state’s next generation of workers and leaders,” Malhotra said.  “The facilities supported in the governor’s recommendation are the bricks and mortar where the magic of higher education takes place; where our students’ dreams for a better future come true; and where they become the talent Minnesota absolutely must have if it is going to continue to thrive in today’s knowledge-based global economy.”

In addition to the asset preservation recommendation, Gov. Dayton also recommended that the legislature fund capital projects on 16 different campuses.

“These capital projects are designed to directly benefit students and provide a much-needed expansion of training and education in fields such as allied health, nursing, trades, STEM disciplines, business, information technology, education, and the liberal arts,” Malhotra said.  “I’m very grateful for Gov. Dayton’s leadership and advocacy for public higher education, for the students who benefit from it, and for the state’s future workforce.”

For additional information about the Minnesota State 2018 Capital Request, visit http://minnstate.edu/legislative/.

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.

Study abroad in Nagasaki, Japan

With the recent signing of two memoranda of understanding agreements, Metropolitan State will soon offer the opportunity to study abroad at Nagasaki University in Japan.

Nagasaki is a beautiful subtropical port city, rich in both history and modern industry. Saint Paul and Nagasaki have been sister cities for over 60 years and students now have the chance to experience Nagasaki through this new exchange program. Students will study at a prestigious institution that traces back to Japan’s first school of western medicine founded in the mid-19th century, and has produced a Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry.

Through Saint Paul’s and Nagasaki’s sister city relationship, Metropolitan State University and the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee have collaborated to promote peace, justice, and international understanding. Metropolitan State’s former Interim President, Dr. Devinder Malhotra, visited Nagasaki as part of Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s delegation in October 2015. Malhotra met Nagasaki University President Shigeru Katamine and discussed the possibility of academic cooperation at that time.

Students can choose from a semester or year-long programs, taught mostly in Japanese. Students can also opt for the very popular two-week interdisciplinary and international Environmental Expert Seminar, taught in English and incorporating fascinating field trips to the A-bomb Museum, Unzen Geopark, Obama Binary Power Station, and Mitsubishi Shipyard.

Interested students should contact Prof. Michal Moskow
at michal.moskow@metrostate.edu or Prof. Sumiko Otsubo at sumiko.otsubo@metrostate.edu.

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.

Pres. Malhotra pens farewell to Metropolitan State

Dear Metropolitan State Community:

Devinder Malhotra
Devinder Malhotra

Two years ago, I had the privilege and honor to become part of the Metropolitan State community, and you all graciously took me under your wings. Now it is time to say farewell. Our incredible work together to refashion our institutional identity, reaffirm our commitment to build on our historical strengths, and strategically position ourselves to secure our future has not been without difficulty or challenges, but professionally very gratifying. Each and every day I marveled at the accomplishments of our students, the dedication of our faculty and staff, and most importantly our courageous willingness to march to a different drummer and rethink our profession. Students first, creativity, flexibility, and innovation are embedded in our institutional DNA.

Since our inception, we have continuously worked to rid higher education of it’s elitist character, and to redress the insufficiency and inadequacy of higher education to provide access to affordable extraordinary education to historically disenfranchised and economically oppressed urban communities.

As you all have often reminded me, we not only learn about these urban communities, but with and from them. Thus our programmatic structures and our curricular designs are not only academically rigorous but also relevant to the work and life of our students, and to the vibrancy of the Twin Cities metropolitan region.

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TRIO students mark academic success with End of the Year Banquet

TRIO Student Support Services hosted their Annual End of the Year Banquet the evening of Wednesday May 4. The annual spring event recognizes the end of another successful academic year for all of the TRIO students, especially TRIO graduates. Forty-five TRIO students graduated on May 2; 20 graduated in December.

Two TRIO students, Rachel Baltes and Yeng Houa Xiong Thao, emcee’d the event that was attended by 90 TRIO students and guests. Students were invited to bring one person who has supported them during their time at Metropolitan State.

TRIO Alumnus and Metropolitan State graduate, Jeremiah Rotich was this year’s guest speaker. Rotich shared his formula for success and encouraged attendees to create their own plan then commit time and energy and focus in or to complete the plan.

Certificates of congratulations were presented to graduating seniors and awards for student leadership, rising stars, most charismatic and outstanding faculty were given.

Guests were entertained with songs performed by TRIO students Nchatxu Vang, Yao Lee and Ger Lee.

TRIO Student Support Services is a federally-funded program (U.S. Department of Education) which serves first-generation, limited income and students with disabilities who are enrolled at Metropolitan State University as degree-seeking undergraduate students. Our commitment is to improve the retention and graduation through structured and enhanced academic support in order to level the playing field of educational opportunity for the students we serve.

Photos from the Spring 2016 Commencement

Metropolitan State University celebrated its 98th Commencement Exercises Monday, May 2 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium at Saint Paul RiverCentre. Approximately 876 students  received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees this May.