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Paul Hustoles Named Interim VP of University Advancement

Hustoles has been University faculty member, chair of Department of Theatre and Dance since 1985.

2015-11-09
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-9-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport announced today that Dr. Paul J. Hustoles, professor and chair of Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Theatre and Dance, has been named interim vice president for university advancement at the University, effective Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Hustoles (pictured) was appointed to the interim vice president position after current Vice President for University Advancement Kent Clark accepted a position as associate vice president for health sciences development at the University of Iowa Foundation. Clark’s last day at Minnesota State Mankato is Friday, Nov. 27.

A national search for a permanent vice president for university advancement is underway.

“I am confident that with Dr. Hustoles’ prior experience and leadership, along with the staff in our University Advancement division, we will continue to grow successfully with our fundraising and alumni goals,” Davenport said.

Hustoles joined Minnesota State Mankato in 1985 as associate professor and chair in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He was promoted to professor in 1989.

In February 1993, Hustoles accepted the role of acting vice president for university advancement, and he led the division until May 1994. During the same time period, he was also the secretary for the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation Board.

As producer for the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance’s six annual mainstage productions, and artistic director for the Highland Summer Theatre productions, Hustoles has been responsible for leadership of the department, performances, supervision of staff and students, and oversight of a $1.2 million dollar budget.

Under Hustoles’ leadership, Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Theatre and Dance has won numerous national and regional awards and honors. During his time in the department, he also mounted a major fundraising campaign to raise $3.6 million for the Andreas Theatre addition to the Earley Center for Performing Arts Center, which occurred from 1997 through 2000.

Hustoles earned a doctorate in directing/acting and theatre management from Texas Tech University in 1984. Prior to that he earned a master’s degree in acting/directing from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of fine arts degree in theatre directing from Wayne State University.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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