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Interim President

St. Cloud State University
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Date posted
Feb 22, 2024

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Position Type
Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

St. Cloud State University seeks an interim president who is committed to leading the university through a leadership transition and to continue to support the forward momentum of the institution.

St. Cloud State University has a rich history of serving the people of Minnesota. The University began in 1869 as the Third State Normal School, created for the sole purpose of educating primary school teachers to teach in Minnesota’s schools. Since the founding, the mission has evolved as the needs of the state and region changed, from offering a junior college curriculum in 1898, to a Teacher’s College in 1921, to a university in 1975. The University began operating its Alnwick, England location in 1986 and Twin Cities location in 2007, the same year applied doctorate degrees were first offered. The main campus sits on 100 acres between downtown St. Cloud and the banks of the Mississippi River, and St. Cloud is 20th on Forbes magazine’s “Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers.”

SCSU is part of the Minnesota State System, which is the largest single provider of higher education in the state with 33 institutions, including seven state universities and 26 community and technical colleges. The University is proud of the partnerships and close relationships with the city of St. Cloud, educational entities and business, health and science industries in Central Minnesota and the Twin Cities. Minnesota is ranked as the No. 2 state for economic opportunity.

Serving more than 10,000 students, SCSU is one of the largest and diverse public universities in Minnesota. Students come from all across the United States and over 90 different countries, and SCSU has a network of 131,000 alumni around the globe. The University focuses on education that goes beyond the classroom, and this theory is emphasized in “Our Husky Compact,” a promise the University makes to its students that they will be prepared as global citizens of the 21st Century as they participate in applied learning opportunities and real-world experiences in their field of study.

At Minnesota State we provide the opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities. With 26 community and technical colleges and seven state universities on 54 campuses, Minnesota State serves nearly two-thirds of the entire state’s undergraduate student population, and we serve more Black, Indigenous, and students of color than all higher education providers in the state, combined.

We are committed to equitable outcomes for all our students, and in 2019 committed to eliminating educational equity gaps at every Minnesota State college and university by the year 2030. Achieving this goal, called Equity 2030, is a moral imperative, and an economic imperative for our state as our population continues to grow more diverse, and will ensure Minnesota has the workforce it needs for generations to come. We are working toward meeting our Equity 2030 goal through hard work, robust data analysis, targeted programs to improve outcomes, and partnerships with community organizations, employers, and the state legislature.

The successful candidate will demonstrate strong leadership skills necessary to sustain the vision of St. Cloud State University. Have experience in program and curriculum development, fundraising, governmental relations, accreditation process, as well as budget and fiscal management. Possess a record of building public/private partnerships between education and business and industry, community leaders, and organizations. An earned doctorate is preferred, but not required.


Applications and nominations are now being accepted. This call is open to internal candidates (current or former employees of Minnesota State and its colleges and universities) and external candidates. The Board of Trustees is the appointing authority for this position. The position is covered by the Personnel Plan for Minnesota State Administrators.

Nominations should be directed to:

Jaime Simonsen, Chief of Staff

Interested candidates should provide a cover letter, CV, and list of three references by March 8, 2024.

Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Screening of applications will begin immediately. It is expected that the Chancellor will make his recommendation to the Board of Trustees at their April 17 meeting.

Submit application materials to:

Deb Gehrke, Chief Human ResourcesOfficer/Executive Search Manager

To learn more about St. Cloud State University, please visit STCLOUDSTATE.EDU

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St. Cloud State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regards to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status as a U.S. veteran. For additional information, contact the Office for Institutional Equity & Access, (320) 308-5123, Admin. Services Bldg. Rm 121.

To learn more about Minnesota State, please visit

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