Presidential Search


The Minnesota State system is conducting a search to select the next president of Minnesota State University, Mankato, replacing Richard Davenport who has served as president since 2002. The selection of the new president is expected to be announced in March 2021 and the new president will begin his or her term on July 1, 2021.

President Finalists Named

President Finalists Named

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Minnesota State has named five finalists in the search for the next president of Minnesota State University, Mankato. The candidates are Sandra Haynes, Edward Inch, John Jasinski, Debra Larson, and Mrinal Mugdh Varma.

President Richard Davenport Announces Retirement at End of Upcoming Academic Year

Davenport, the 12th president in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s 152-year history, was appointed president by the Minnesota State system’s board of trustees on Feb. 22, 2002. He assumed his responsibilities as president on July 1, 2002.

Davenport’s tenure as president is longer than any other currently serving president at any Minnesota college or university.

Davenport Announces Retirement

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Minnesota State University, Mankato seeks a dynamic and visionary president with the experience and passion to lead a prominent institution to realize its ever-growing potential. The University boasts a strong foundation and is situated in a thriving community, offering the next president opportunity for prodigious success. The University is one of the largest institutions within the Minnesota State system, and is a key driver of the region and state’s economy.

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Institution and Leadership Profile

An overview of the opportunity available for candidates, with information about both Minnesota State University, Mankato and the Minnesota State system.

Search Process and Timeline

Timeline of activities for the presidential search process.

Search Committee

The search advisory committee is advisory to the chancellor as the chancellor develops a recommendation to the board. Committee members shall serve as stewards on behalf of the interests of the entire University community.

Contact Information

Contact Information for questions about the presidential search process.