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Tom Norman Named Dean of University Extended Education

New dean will begin his duties Aug. 5.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 7-19-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Office of the Provost and Office of Strategic Partnerships announced that Tom Norman (pictured), who for the past three years has led workforce development initiatives for the State of Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), has been named dean of University Extended Education.

Norman, appointed after a national search process, will begin his duties Aug. 5. He will report to Vice President of Strategic Business, Education and Regional Partnerships Mike Gustafson.

Norman earned a doctor of education degree (Ed.D.) from the University of Minnesota with a concentration in educational policy administration. Prior to DEED, he spent 13 years at the University of Minnesota, last as senior director, research, innovations and outreach. Key among his accomplishments were enhanced approaches for faculty research commercialization, online program development and outreach to new student and industry audiences.

Norman’s experience also includes time spent with Personnel Decisions International, an education consulting company, for which he worked in sales and marketing.

As dean of University Extended Education, Norman will oversee the Twin Cities locations where Minnesota State Mankato offers courses and programs, including Normandale Community College and 7700 France in Edina.

The dean of University Extended Education works across all of Minnesota State Mankato’s colleges. Responsibilities include designing a cash-flow neutral approach so the University can offer its programs to support communities and allow two-year college students to easily transfer to Minnesota State Mankato, while strengthening the University’s online offerings into courses that support academic programs and degrees.

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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