“He hasn’t had it easy. He had to earn his stripes. Rassoul worked hard. He even took physical and verbal abuse at times, and he persevered.”
— Clark College President Bob Knight onRassoul Dastmozd, an Iranian-born engineering student who came to the U.S. in 1979 and rose through the ranks to become VP of instruction at Clark College — and is now the president of Saint Paul College.
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.