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Linda Baer Appointed Interim VP for Academic and Student Affairs

Linda Baer appointment effective July 17.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office, 7-3-2012

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport announced today the appointment of Linda Baer as interim vice president for academic and student affairs, effective July 17.

Baer (pictured at right) replaces Scott Olson, who was recently named president of Winona State University.

“I am excited about the breadth and depth of experience that Dr. Baer brings to this position,” said Davenport. “Many of us have worked with Dr. Baer in her prior role as senior vice chancellor of academic and student affairs for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.”

As interim vice president, Baer will be responsible for the academic colleges, student affairs areas, institutional diversity and student support services at Minnesota State Mankato.

“All of the candidates who applied or were nominated for the position are strong, successful leaders,” Davenport said, “but Dr. Baer’s extensive experience in both academic and student affairs is impressive and will be invaluable as we continue moving forward during the next year with our focused institutional goals and objectives. Her leadership skills, her commitment to diversity, and her vision will allow us to maintain our strong position as an innovative leader within the MnSCU system.”

Baer holds a doctorate in sociology from South Dakota State University. She has served over 30 years in numerous executive level positions in higher education, including senior program officer in postsecondary success for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs in the Minnesota State College and University System, senior vice president and interim president at Bemidji State University.

Currently, she works as the senior program consultant with i4Solutions to inspire leaders to improve student success and transform institutions for the future. She presents nationally in academic innovations, educational transformation, the development of alliances and partnerships, the campus of the future, shared leadership and action analytics. Her most recent publications have been on assessment, smart change, shared leadership, innovations in higher education and analytics as a tool to improve student success. She was the co-leader in planning the first and second annual symposiums on action analytics.

She is known throughout the country for her work on improving student engagement and success and has been recognized for her role in developing the award-winning Minnesota Online. She served on the board of directors for the Society for College and University Planning and is currently on the board of directors for the Shank Institute for Learning Innovations.

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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