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Presidential Search Committee

Position Announcement

Minnesota State University, Mankato, a member of the Minnesota State College and University System (Minnesota State), invites applications and nominations for its next President. The university?s twelfth president is expected to take office by July 1, 2002.

One of seven state universities in the Minnesota State system, MSU, Mankato is a comprehensive, public university deeply committed to the academic and professional preparation of its students. The university is home to 11,000 undergraduates and 1,600 graduate students from 47 states and 88 countries. MSU students are served by a dedicated team of 580 faculty and 550 staff. MSU, Mankato offers more than 190 major and pre-professional programs and 70 graduate programs through six colleges: Allied Health and Nursing; Arts and Humanities; Business; Education; Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Science, Engineering, and Technology. MSU, Mankato offers a wide range of high-quality learning opportunities, from MFAs in Creative Writing and Theater Arts to a state-of-the-art learning technology environment recognized by MSU?s affiliation with the Global Wireless Education Consortium (GWEC) and by its having received Nokia?s ?model campus? status. The university?s annual operating budget is approximately $136,750,000.

The growing Mankato/North Mankato area has nearly 50,000 residents. Located just 75 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul and 85 miles from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, the university plays an important educational, economic, and cultural role in south-central Minnesota.

The Minnesota State system includes seven universities and 27 two-year institutions in 46 communities. Minnesota State campuses offer a full range of occupational/technical, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate programs. The system enrolls more than 145,000 students, with approximately 17,000 employees and an annual budget of nearly $1 billion.

Reporting to the Minnesota State Chancellor, the President serves as chief executive officer and is responsible for leading the university?s faculty, staff, students, and alumni/ae in accomplishing the institution?s mission. The University?s next president should be fully able to:

  • Lead and preside over a university and its constituencies in accordance with a model of shared governance conducive to cooperation and creativity in a collective bargaining environment;
  • Lead in generating and sustaining a vision of the university within the university, the community, the region, and as an integral part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system;
  • Assure the efficient administration of the university by establishing and making reasonable progress toward achieving annual goals; establishing and maintaining an effective team of academic and administrative officers; and developing and administering necessary functions and systems to support the academic mission;
  • Demonstrate leadership, fairness, and sensitivity to all issues that create an inclusive, respectful environment for all members of the university community, including members of protected classes;
  • Participate enthusiastically and effectively in the community and in fund-raising efforts;
  • Maintain a reputation for the highest personal and professional integrity;
  • Advise the Chancellor, the staff of the Office of the Chancellor, and the Board of Trustees on matters of system policy as appropriate, and otherwise administer and support all Minnesota State policies and programs. An earned doctorate or other terminal degree is expected; persons who can demonstrate exceptional comparable backgrounds and abilities will be considered.

Further information about MSU, Mankato; the Mankato area; Minnesota State; and a complete position description can be found through the following web-sites: http://mnsu.edu/president and http://www.mnscu.edu/System/JobOpportunities.html.

To be considered by the Presidential Search Committee, applications should arrive by October 31, 2001. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position has been filled. Application materials should include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five persons?colleagues, faculty, student leaders, and community leaders?who can serve as references. Applications, nominations, and requests for information should mention the MSU, Mankato Presidency. Send materials and inquiries to:

Linda Skallman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Personnel
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
500 World Trade Center, 30 East Seventh Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
Telephone: (651) 296-5157 FAX: (651) 297-3145

Dr. Ted Lewis of the firm Academic Search is assisting the search committee. Inquiries may be directed to him at 202-338-7745.

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Minnesota State University, Mankato is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
We actively seek and encourage applications from women, people of color, and persons with disabilities.

Last update: 2017-03-30