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Mike Gustafson Named Vice President of Strategic Business, Education and Regional Partnerships

Gustafson has served as an interim vice president for the last year.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 7-6-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport announced today that Mike Gustafson (pictured) has been named vice president of the Division of Strategic Business, Education and Regional Partnerships, a position in which Gustafson has served in an interim role since July 10, 2014.

Minnesota State Mankato’s vice president for strategic business, education and regional partnerships is responsible for leading a division that engages business/industry and the community in building partnerships that accelerate innovation and enhance economic development, research and cooperative ventures.

“Mike’s broad business background and recent year as interim vice president has brought a strong level of energy to our campus community and expanded relationships with external business, education and regional partners,” said Davenport. “I have appreciated his passion in sharing the Minnesota State University, Mankato story with our current and new partners. In addition to the knowledge and experience he brings, he is committed to telling community partners about the ‘Big Ideas and Real-World Thinking’ demonstrated by our university faculty, staff and students.”

Gustafson joined Minnesota State Mankato in 2014 with 30 years of business experience, including 20 years in senior management and 10 years as an executive. He has led two different services companies that had $150 million in revenues, and he also has 10 years of experience with nonprofit board work.

Among his various professional and community activities, Gustafson has served since 2007 on the board of directors for the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, a 3,700-employee, 84,000-member organization. He is currently on the board’s executive committee and chair of its marketing committee.

The son of parents who were educators, Gustafson received a bachelor’s degree in 1981 from Gustavus Adolphus College, where he majored in accounting with a minor in religion. He received a certified management accountant (CMA) certification in 1986.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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