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Professor Chosen for Development Program at Harvard

Marilyn Hart to attend Management Development Program from June 2-14.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release 5-21-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Marilyn Hart, a professor of biological sciences and director of the Undergraduate Research Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato, has been selected to be a member of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education Management Development Program Class of 2013.

The 2013 Management Development Program, which will be held from June 2-14, is a professional education program offered by the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education through the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The Management Development Program prepares attendees to become better leaders and more valuable contributors to broader institutional goals. It is a competitive program and is designed as a developmental experience for those with significant administrative responsibility in an institution of higher education who demonstrate high potential for making substantive future contributions.

More information on the program is available at

Hart received her doctorate in cellular and molecular biology from St. Louis University School of Medicine and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University School of Medicine before joining the faculty at Minnesota State Mankato in 2001. She was promoted to professor at Minnesota State Mankato in 2011 after serving as an associate professor from 2005 to 2011 and assistant professor from 2001 to 2005.

Among the honors Hart has received at Minnesota State Mankato are the Faculty Research Excellence Award (2003), Faculty Advisor Excellence Award (2004), and Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2008) from the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Hart has received extensive advanced training, most recently at the Quantitative Light Microscopy course, Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Higher Education Resource Summer Institute (HERS), Bryn Mawr.

At Minnesota State Mankato, Hart is currently the coordinator of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system Undergraduate Scholars, the director of the Undergraduate Research Center, co-director for the National Science Foundation-funded Interdisciplinary Mentored Academic Experience for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Success, and councilor at large for the Council of Undergraduate Research.

For additional information, please contact Marilyn Hart by phone at 507-389-5732 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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