MnSCU's Rosenstone completing his team today with two hires

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system trustees were to confirm (Update: They’ve been confirmed) two key appointments today at HQ:

  • Douglas Knowlton as vice chancellor for academic and student affairs; and
  • Michael Dougherty as vice chancellor for advancement.

Knowlton is the president of Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., and Dougherty is vice president of communications at the Valspar Corp. and president of the Valspar Foundation.

From a MnSCU press release:


Before taking his current position in 2004, Knowlton was vice chancellor for academic affairs and a tenured professor at the University of Minnesota, Crookston; chair of special education and the Department of Teaching and Learning and associate professor of special education at the University of North Dakota; a faculty member at the University of North Dakota’s Conflict Resolution Center; director of child evaluation and treatment at the University of North Dakota Medical Center Rehabilitation Hospital; and a consulting psychologist at the Minnesota Health Department.  He also has served on what was the Minnesota State Board of Technical Colleges and the Minnesota Higher Education Board before the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities began operations in 1995.

Knowlton holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Denver; and a master’s degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, both from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.


… Before taking the Valspar position, Dougherty held a variety of positions at 3M, including director of global communications; managing director of a Swedish subsidiary, Svenska AB; communications manager of special material markets and automotive and chemical markets group; manager of environmental and regulatory affairs and investor relations counselor; vice president of policy and legislation and vice president of operations at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce; acting deputy assistant secretary for legislation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and manager of government relations and legislative assistant at Pillsbury Co.

Dougherty holds a bachelor’s degree in speech and communications, and a master’s degree in public affairs, both from the University of Minnesota, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas.