“Until the phone rang on Feb. 8, Devinder Malhotra had all but forgotten about “Plan B.”
A couple of weeks earlier, he had agreed — at least in theory — to come out of retirement if something went awry with the search for a new chancellor at the Minnesota State college and university system, where he had worked for seven years.”
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.
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.
Dear Metropolitan State Community:
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.
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.
At the Employee Awards event on April 14, service awards were given to employees of the university for five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years. See below for photos and details about each recipient.
Metropolitan State University celebrated its 98th Commencement Exercises Monday, May 2 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium at Saint Paul RiverCentre.
Surprising the awaiting students was Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who spoke at length on her own family’s experience and growth. Student speaker Michael Shyne, summa cum laude, College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Student, graduated with a degree in applied mathematics.
The spring commencement will be the last for Interim President Devinder Malhotra. Provost Ginny Arthur is the president designate and will take up the position when Pres. Malhotra steps down from the position June 30.
Approximately 876 students are received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees this May.
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Metropolitan State University celebrates its 98th Commencement Exercises Monday, May 2. The student speaker is Michael Shyne, summa cum laude, College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Student, who is graduating with his degree in applied mathematics.
Approximately 876 students are receiving bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees with 584 expected to participate in the spring ceremony. The ceremony is in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium at Saint Paul RiverCentre.
There is also a separate ceremony for the university’s doctoral candidates, Doctor of Business Administration and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) on Saturday, April 30 in the university’s auditorium at the Saint Paul Campus. DNP graduate Sanouk Xiong will be the student speaker.
Other commencement participants include: Metropolitan State Interim President Devinder Malhotra, Ginny Arthur, provost and academic vice president; Ann Anaya, JD, trustee, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees; Allen Bellas, Inter-Faculty Organization president; Brian Wermerskirchen, Student Senate vice president; Ochen Kaylan, Metropolitan State University Alumni Association board president; Craig Vinje, Metropolitan State University Foundation board trustee; and Dan Bostrom, Saint Paul City Council member.
Can’t make it to commencement? You can still watch and support your friends and family who are graduating. The ceremony will be streamed live beginning at 6:45 p.m. May 2.
Pictured: Interim President Devinder Malhotra, Robert O’Conner and Paul Spies.
Robert O’Connor, faculty, Social Work Department, is the 2016 recipient of the Anti-Racism Legacy Award. Metropolitan State’s Anti-Racism Leadership Team (ARLT) presents the award to an individual whose leadership has had a lasting impact toward helping Metropolitan State manifest its urban mission and vision of becoming an anti-racist learning community.
O’Connor was nominated by Daniel Abebe, faculty, College of Individualized Studies, for being a consistent advocate of an inclusive and anti-racist university from his first day. O’Connor has co-chaired the ARLT and the anti-racism education sub committee, co-authored the anti-racism campus climate survey, and is a leadership team member on the Diversity Council, among many other roles.
In addition to being a professor at Metropolitan State for the past 15 years, O’Connor is the founder of the Transracial Adoption Network, a subject matter expert in culture and diversity issues in out of home placements and has been interviewed by national media outlets on transracial adoption issues.
O’Connor was honored during the 2016 Employee Awards ceremony on April 14.