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Minnesota State Mankato Vice President Mark Johnson to Lead Division of Strategic Partnerships on Interim Basis

Johnson will also continue to serve the University in his current role as vice president for technology and chief information officer.

2017-10-23
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-23-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport announced today that University Vice President Mark Johnson is assuming leadership of the following University areas on an interim basis: the Division of Strategic Partnerships; Continuing and Professional Education; and the Small Business Development Center.

In his interim role, Johnson will replace Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Michael Gustafson, who submitted his resignation effective Dec. 12 to pursue other professional opportunities.

Johnson will also continue to serve the University in his current role as vice president for technology and chief information officer.

Davenport said Johnson’s strong business background made him well suited for the interim role, and that a search for a new vice president for strategic partnerships would take place later this academic year.

“Our commitment to strategic partnerships will continue and remains key in our University strategic directions,” said Davenport. “The University recognizes the importance of building relationships with the public and private sectors. Activities at the Strategic Partnerships Center will continue to focus on building partnership opportunities throughout the region.”

Davenport also expressed his gratitude to Gustafson and wished him well in his future endeavors.

“I want to thank Michael Gustafson for his 3-1/2 years of service to the University,” said Davenport. “He has accomplished a variety of initiatives, including the redesign of our 7700 France Avenue facilities, the launch of our new Strategic Partnerships Center at the downtown Hubbard Building, and the growth of contracts and revenue in continuing education and professional development.”

As part of an organizational change, Davenport also announced that University Extended Education would now report directly to Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn Wells.

University Extended Education previously reported to the vice president of strategic partnerships.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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