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Ginger Zierdt Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Zierdt, who resides in Mankato, Minn., was honored April 15.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-12-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Ginger Zierdt (pictured) of Mankato, Minn., recently received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Harold J. Fitterer Service Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

A tenured full professor at Minnesota State Mankato, Zierdt currently serves as the University’s interim assistant vice president for undergraduate education. One of eight 2016 alumni award winners, she was honored at an April 15 ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association. A YouTube video about Zierdt’s career is available online.

Harold J. Fitterer Service Awards go to graduates who have given distinguished service to Minnesota State Mankato and have used their time, treasure and talents to preserve and promote university programs.

Zierdt, who earned both a master’s degree (educational leadership—2002) and an education specialist degree (2003) from Minnesota State Mankato, went on to earn a doctorate in 2009 from the University of Nebraska in educational studies, with a specialization in educational leadership and higher education.

Zierdt brings a record of administrative experience in higher education through her role as chairperson for the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education as well as her leadership as the director of the Center for School-University Partnerships and campus project director for the Network for Excellence in Teaching.

During her 13-year career at Minnesota State Mankato, Zierdt has developed a reputation for effective leadership, innovative teaching, and an unwavering commitment to student success as well as outstanding service to the University and Mankato community.

Zierdt functioned as the Bush Educational Achievement Initiative director/project investigator as the director of the Center for School-University Partnerships. In this capacity, she was accountable for the project leadership and administration of a $6.25 million grant/partnership between Minnesota State Mankato and the Archibald Bush Foundation.

Zierdt serves on the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) Board of Directors.

She also led the facilitation of Professional Development School [PDS] partnerships between six departments within the College of Education, multiple content departments across the arts and sciences, and eight P-12 school districts, earning the University the 2012 Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award.

In 2010, the National Association of Professional Women selected Zierdt as “Woman of the Year.” She was selected by Minnesota State Mankato as its 2014 recipient of the Claire E. Faust Public Service Award.

Those who want information about the April 15 awards event may go to or call (507) 389-3235.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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