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University Welcomes Associate Provost Robert Fleischman

Dr. Robert "Bobby" Fleischman joins Minnesota State Mankato from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office, 7-13-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn Wells recently announced that Robert “Bobby” Fleischman (pictured) was appointed associate provost after a national search.

Fleischman begins his duties at Minnesota State Mankato today after serving as dean of the College of Business and Management at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania since 2013.

Fleischman spent more than 20 years at East Stroudsburg, advancing from instructor to full professor, department chair to graduate coordinator and then to his recent position as college dean.

“I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert Fleischman as associate provost,” said Wells. “He has a passion for working together with internal and external partners to find solutions to pressing problems and seize new opportunities. In his first two years as dean at East Stroudsburg, Dr. Fleischman led his college to expand programs and departments, meet new program accreditation standards, hire new faculty, focus on diversity, increase transfer and international partnerships, and deepen community relations—all against a backdrop of state budget cuts.”

Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport said he was impressed by Fleischman’s career experience.

“I want to join Marilyn Wells in welcoming Dr. Robert Fleischman as associate provost,” said Davenport. “Dr. Fleischman’s 20-plus years in higher education as a faculty member, department chair and dean, and his overall experience in higher education, will be invaluable to our leadership team in the Office of the Provost.”

Prior to his appointment as a dean, Fleischman served as a professor of sport management at East Stroudsburg. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses and was instrumental in developing ESU’s sport management undergraduate program and two new graduate programs—a master’s in sport management and a master’s in management and leadership with multiple interdisciplinary concentrations. In 2013, the ESU Student Senate selected Fleischman as Faculty Member of the Year.

Fleischman earned a doctorate of education in educational theory and practice from Binghamton University and a juris doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law. He earned a master’s degree in sport management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he also lectured in sport law and business and writing communication. Fleischman earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan.

Prior to moving into his career in higher education, Fleischman practiced law for nine years – four as a partner – with the firm Kirschenbaum, Fleischman, and Spiegler, located in New York City. Fleischman is a member of the New York and Pennsylvania State Bar Associations, the Sports Lawyers Association and the North American Society of Sport Management.

He also has experience coaching high school lacrosse, twice earning conference coach of the year honors.

The associate provost at Minnesota State Mankato reports directly to the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, serves on the president’s Expanded Cabinet and the University’s Council of Deans and represents the provost in her absence. The associate provost is a strategic academic leader in the Office of the Provost and works in collaboration with deans and other senior leaders across the university and cultivates external relationships to advance strategic priorities. The associate provost has significant responsibility for leading and managing the financial, facility, equipment, and technology resources for the Division of Academic Affairs.

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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