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Scott Fee Appointed Dean of University Extended Education
Fee has served in faculty, administrative positions at Minnesota State Mankato since 1997.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 7-2-2014
Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Office of Academic Affairs announced that Scott Fee, a faculty member at the University since 1997 who has also held department chair and administrative positions, has been named dean of University Extended Education.
Fee’s appointment, announced after a national search process, was effective Tuesday, July 1. He will report to Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn J. Wells.
“Dr. Fee’s passion and commitment to ‘making public education accessible to all those who pursue it, regardless of income, socioeconomics, or life circumstances,’ combined with his knowledge and leadership experience, make him a great fit for this key leadership position for our University and System in achieving our strategic directions to extend excellent educational opportunities,” said Wells.
As dean of University Extended Education, Fee will provide visionary and strategic leadership in advancing extended education goals that achieve University and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system strategic priorities and goals. That includes overseeing the development of partnerships in higher education, business, government and the community and leading the development of high-quality baccalaureate completion, graduate and other programs at multiple extended education locations. As dean, Fee will also collaborate with division vice presidents and senior policy executives at partner colleges and universities.
“University Extended Education needs to function as an entrepreneurial enterprise within the university,” said Fee. “We need to be socially, financially and educationally entrepreneurial because of the needs and wants of the population we are serving. Those students who won’t be coming to our campus in Mankato to finish their education need us to deliver our services and curricula in a new way that suits their lives and plans for the future.
“Additionally, we have to extend the University—not just instructional programs and services, but the campus culture—in a way that makes Minnesota State Mankato students a part of the Maverick community.”
Most recently, Fee has served since February as interim dean for Online and Extended Education Strategy and Partnerships. From 2013-2014, Fee served as interim associate dean of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology. His experience includes serving as a department chair for six years, and he has been a tenured associate professor since 2007.
His numerous scholarly accomplishments include a record of refereed and invited scholarly publications and presentations, grants and contracts, and professional memberships and community service, as well as multiple honors and awards.
Prior to joining Minnesota State Mankato, Fee held positions as a field manager, purchasing agent, and purchasing manager for Centex Homes, a Fortune 200 corporation, where he was responsible for $30 million annual purchasing for the top-producing division. Fee’s responsibilities also included negotiating trade, service, and material contracts, brick and mortar pricing, option pricing, cost control, cost projections and cost analysis. As a supervisor, Fee provided work direction for field personnel and more than 30 subcontractors and 100 trade workers.
Fee earned a doctorate in technology management from Indiana State University. He earned a master’s degree in industrial technology and bachelor’s degree in construction management from Illinois State University.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.