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Former Saint Paul College President Donovan Schwichtenberg Receives Minnesota State Mankato Distinguished Alumni Award

Donovan Schwichtenberg of Minneapolis, who served as president of Saint Paul College for 21 years before retiring in April 2011, received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

2012-05-16
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-23-12]

Donovan Schwichtenberg of Minneapolis, who served as president of Saint Paul College for 21 years before retiring in April 2011, received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

Schwichtenberg, who was born in Waterville, Minn., and is a previous Edina, Minn., resident, is one of 10 2012 alumni award winners. He was honored at an April 20 ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

Alumni Achievement Awards go to graduates who have achieved high rank or honor in their professions and have had a major impact on their communities.

Schwichtenberg graduated in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in business education. He later received his master’s degree in curriculum and development from the University of Minnesota, his specialist degree in education administration from the University of St. Thomas, and his doctorate in education administration from Walden University. He has served as teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant to the superintendent at various Minneapolis public schools. In 1982, he served as the campus director of Minneapolis Technical College.

From there he went to Saint Paul Technical College and transformed “the face of the college, the mind of the college, and the heart of college” into the best two-year college in the country, as reported by Washington Monthly magazine in 2010. During his tenure, Saint Paul College, as it is now called, underwent campus-wide renovations, increased enrollment by 70 percent, and greatly increased its fund balances. At the same time, Schwichtenberg helped create the Power of YOU program to provide free tuition to students with great financial need.

Schwichtenberg has received numerous awards and recognitions for excellence in education, including the University of Minnesota’s College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award and a certification of recognition from Governor Mark Dayton. A flag was also flown in his honor over the nation’s capital.

Those who want more information about the April 20 awards event may go to http://www.mnsu.edu/alumni/awards/ or call (507) 389-3235.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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