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Walter Zakahi Accepts Position as Keene State College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Zakahi has served as dean of College of Arts and Humanities since 2010.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-17-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Walter Zakahi, dean of Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Arts and Humanities for the past four years, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Keene State College in Keene, N.H., effective June 30.

Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn Wells both said they were appreciative of Zakahi’s contributions over the last four years at Minnesota State Mankato.

“Dean Zakahi has provided imaginative and solid leadership throughout his tenure at Minnesota State Mankato,” said Davenport. “Walter quickly learned the culture of the campus and was able to made great strides in working with all departments in the College of Arts and Humanities. It was clear from the start that Dr. Zakahi would be up to the task of following legendary Dean Jane Earley and he met everyone’s expectations. We will miss Walter, but wish him success in his new position.”

“We greatly appreciate Dr. Zakahi’s exemplary leadership in advancing the prestige of the academic programs in the College of Arts and Humanities,” said Wells, “as well as his commitment to faculty and teaching innovation and his support for student engagement and diversity. Walter also has been a valued member of the Council of Deans, a welcome mentor to new colleagues, and respected throughout the University and community. Our University is better as a result of Dean Zakahi’s leadership, and I am confident that Walter will be outstanding in his new post. We wish him well.”

Zakahi, who has 30 years of academic experience, including 16 years in administration, came to Minnesota State Mankato in 2010 after serving in multiple roles at New Mexico State University from 1991 to 2010.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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