MnSCU names two interim campus presidents, academic chief

Malhotra (SCSU)

As I mentioned in my story on Metropolitan State University yesterday, St. Cloud State University Provost Devinder Malhotra has been named interim president of Metro State.

He starts July 1, and his term is for two years.

He’s the second interim president named yesterday. Lisa Larson will be taking charge at North Hennepin Community College starting on the same day.

She’s succeeding John O’Brien, who yesterday was named MnSCU’s senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs — I believe the top official for all things academic.

Here’s the official announcement from MnSCU, which includes more details. (I’ve edited the order of the entries.):

MALHOTRA NAMED INTERIM PRESIDENT, METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Devinder Malhotra was named interim president of Metropolitan State University. His appointment is effective July 1, 2014.

Malhotra has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at St. Cloud State University since 2009.

Previously, he served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern Maine from 2005 to 2009. He also served on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine, and Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Akron (OH).

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Delhi, India, a doctorate in economics from Kansas State University, and has completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University’s Graduate Institutes of Higher Education.

In recommending Malhotra’s appointment, Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor said, “As provost, Dr. Malhotra has been deeply engaged in nearly every aspect of university operations.

He brings a thorough understanding of what it means to lead a university and how to do so in a collaborative fashion.  He is an outstanding leader who works effectively with faculty, community leaders, elected officials, and business and industry.”

Malhotra succeeds Sue Hammersmith, who is retiring after six years of service as president of Metropolitan State University.

A national search for a permanent president will be initiated in 2015.

LARSON APPOINTED INTERIM PRESIDENT, NORTH HENNEPIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Lisa Larson was named interim president of North Hennepin Community College.  Her

Larson (MnSCU)

appointment is effective July 1, 2014.

Larson has been serving as acting president of North Hennepin Community College since June 2013.

Previously, she served as vice president for academic and student affairs at Hennepin Technical College from 2007 to 2013; as dean of Business and Industry at Lake Superior College from 2004-2007; dean of Construction, Manufacturing and Transportation at Hennepin Technical College from 2000-2004; and general education coordinator at Dakota County Technical College from 1999-2000.

Larson has taught at Hennepin Technical College; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minneapolis Business College; and the University of Minnesota – Crookston.

Larson holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, speech communication and political science from Northern State University (SD), a master’s degree in speech communication and industrial relations from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a doctorate in educational leadership from St. Mary’s University (MN).

In recommending Larson for the role, Chancellor Rosenstone said, “Dr. Larson is an experienced academic leader dedicated to student success and strong partnerships with faculty, staff and the community. She is committed to the mission of community colleges. Under her leadership, North Hennepin Community College will continue its tremendous momentum.”

A national search for a permanent president will be initiated in 2014.

O’BRIEN NAMED MnSCU SENIOR VICE CHANCELLOR, ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS

O’Brien (MnSCU)

John O’Brien was named senior vice chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs.

O’Brien has been serving as vice chancellor for academic and student affairs on an interim basis since June 2013.

Previously, he served as president of North Hennepin Community College from 2010 to 2013, and as director of MnSCU’s “Students First” initiative from 2008 to 2010.  He also served at Century College as acting president from 2008 to 2009 and as academic vice president/chief academic officer from 2005 to 2008.

O’Brien holds a bachelor’s degree in English and English education from Augustana College, a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish literature from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, and a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota.

In recommending O’Brien’s appointment, Chancellor Rosenstone said, “Dr. O’Brien brings strong, thoughtful, effective leadership to Academic and Student Affairs, a division that’s at the heart of our service to our colleges and universities.  He is action-oriented, dedicated to student success, and passionate about ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans. In addition, he is a proven innovator who will help Minnesota State Colleges and Universities effectively implement the strategic changes necessary to meet the challenges facing higher education.”