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Anne Blackhurst named provost at Moorhead

Anne Blackhurst, acting vice president for academic and student affairs at Minnesota State University, Mankato, has been appointed provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

2011-05-09
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [5-3-11]

Anne BlackhurstAnne E. Blackhurst, acting vice president for academic and student affairs at Minnesota State University, Mankato, has been appointed provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

The announcement was made today by Minnesota State University Moorhead President Edna Mora Szymanski.

Blackhurst will start her new duties at Moorhead on Aug. 1.

“Dr. Blackhurst has made significant contributions to the success of our students and our university,” said Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport. “Her outstanding leadership, strategic planning vision, and commitment to students and diversity have been critical to the university’s achievements. She has carried out the duties of acting vice president for academic and student affairs in an exemplary manner, and has worked enthusiastically with students and bargaining unit leadership.

“We are disappointed to lose her, but her strategic planning experience and collaborative leadership skills will be a huge asset at Moorhead. I am especially pleased that she will remain a part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system.”

“Dr. Blackhurst brings an excellent complement of experience and skills to Minnesota State University Moorhead,” Moorhead President Szymanski said. “We are most pleased that she has chosen to join our leadership team.”

Before she was appointed acting vice president in July of 2010, Blackhurst served for four years as dean of graduate studies and research. Before that she served for 12 years as a graduate Counseling & Student Personnel faculty member and department chair.

She came to Minnesota State Mankato in 1994 as assistant professor of Counseling & Student Personnel. She was promoted to associate professor in 1998 and to full professor in 2004.

Before coming to Mankato she was assistant dean of student life and director of residence life at Marietta College, Ohio; associate director of residence life at Ohio University (Athens); and director of residence life at The College of Idaho.

She earned a Ph.D. in College Student Personnel at Ohio University, a master’s in counseling at The College of Idaho, and a bachelor’s in economics at Boise State University, Idaho.

Scott Olson, interim vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the Office of the Chancellor, will return to Minnesota State Mankato Aug. 1 to resume his duties as provost and vice president for academic and student affairs.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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