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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 http://minnstate.edu/legislative/.

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.

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.

MPMA Education Foundation contributes $30,000 for Manufacturing Workforce Development Scholarships

SAINT PAUL, Minn., Jan. 23, 2018 – The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA) Education Foundation today presented Minnesota State with a contribution of $30,000 for scholarships that will be offered to new students entering advanced manufacturing programs at Minnesota State colleges.  The contribution will supplement scholarships that are being offered under the Workforce Development Scholarship program beginning Fall, 2018.

Initially funded by a $1 million appropriation from the 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature, the Workforce Development Scholarships will be available to new students enrolling at any Minnesota State college in associate degree, diploma, or certificate programs that prepare graduates for careers in high demand sectors including advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services, and information technology. Business and industry partners have the opportunity to supplement these scholarships through private contributions — the MPMA contribution will be used to supplement scholarships offered to students entering advanced manufacturing programs.

“The colleges of Minnesota State play a critical role in developing the skilled workforce that manufacturers in Minnesota need in order to thrive,” said Amy Walstien, Executive Director of the MPMA. “These workforce development scholarships will encourage more students to enter the exciting fields of advanced and precision manufacturing, and the MPMA is pleased to offer our support.”

Students interested in learning more about these scholarships or applying for admission, or employers or associations interested in funding scholarships within specific sectors should contact any of the 30 colleges of Minnesota State.

“Minnesota State delivers the highest value, most affordable higher education option in the state,” said Devinder Malhotra, interim chancellor of Minnesota State. “This very generous contribution from the MPMA will make the Workforce Development Scholarships go even further for our students, and will advance our ability to meet the pressing need for a talented workforce for manufacturers in Minnesota.”

Minnesota State announces 400 scholarships for high demand sector programs

Devinder Malhotra
Devinder Malhotra
SAINT PAUL, Minn., Jan. 23, 2018 – Minnesota State today announced the availability of 400 new scholarships of $2,500 each for students enrolling in high-demand programs at state colleges.
 
The scholarships will be available Fall semester 2018 to new students enrolling at any Minnesota State college in associate degree, diploma, or certificate programs that prepare graduates for careers in high demand sectors including advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services, and information technology. Scholarship awards are scheduled to be announced on March 30, 2018. Students should check with specific colleges for application deadlines.
 
Initially funded by a $1 million appropriation from the 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature, the colleges and universities of Minnesota State are working with business and industry partners to supplement these scholarships through private contributions intended to make higher education even more affordable within these high demand industries.
 
“Minnesota State develops the talent businesses need in order to continue growing and thriving,” said Devinder Malhotra, interim chancellor of Minnesota State. “We are grateful to the legislature for this investment and look forward to delivering an impressive return for the taxpayers of Minnesota.”

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.

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.