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Blackhurst Named Next MSUM President

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The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities on Wednesday appointed Dr. Anne Blackhurst as president of Minnesota State University Moorhead. Her appointment becomes effective July 1, 2014.

In recommending her appointment, Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor, said, "Dr. Anne Blackhurst has been an outstanding provost for Minnesota State University Moorhead, with a deep appreciation of the university's unique strengths and the quality of its academic programs. As MSU Moorhead's president, Dr. Blackhurst will continue to partner with students, faculty, staff, and community leaders to address the critical needs of the university and the Fargo-Moorhead region."

Dr. Blackhurst has served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Minnesota State University Moorhead since 2011. Previously, she served at Minnesota State University, Mankato as acting vice president for academic and student affairs from 2010 to 2011, as interim dean and dean of graduate studies and research from 2006 to 2010, as chair of the department of counseling and student personnel from 2000 to 2001 and 2005 to 2006, and as professor in the department of counseling and student personnel from 2004 to 2011.

"It is a tremendous honor to be named president of this outstanding university," said Dr. Blackhurst. "It has been a unique privilege to work with the outstanding faculty, staff and students at MSU Moorhead, and I look forward to continuing in this new role as we deliver on our promise to provide students with the opportunity to discover their passions, the rigor to develop intellectually, and the versatility to shape a changing world."

Dr. Blackhurst succeeds Dr. Edna Szymanski, who has served as president of MSUM since 2008 and is retiring in June.

ORIGINAL STORY

By the end of the day Wednesday, Minnesota State University Moorhead will name a new President. University spokesperson Dave Wahlberg says in a unanimous vote Wednesday morning, The Human Resources Committee approved the chancellor's recommendation to make Anne Blackhurst the next President of MSUM.

The full Human Resources board will vote later on Wednesday and The Board of Trustees is scheduled to name the 11th president at its April 23 meeting. On Monday, April 28, Chancellor Rosenstone will introduce the president-elect at a reception in the CMU Ballroom at 1:00 pm. Details for this event are being finalized.
 
The two final candidates are Anne Blackhurst and Carlos Vargas-Aburto. Sam Minner withdrew his candidacy prior to April 10 interviews with Chancellor Rosenstone, MnSCU Trustees, and senior administrators.

Anne Blackhurst has served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Minnesota State University Moorhead since 2011. Previously, she served at Minnesota State University, Mankato as acting vice president for academic and student affairs from 2010 to 2011, as interim dean and dean of graduate studies and research from 2006 to 2010, as chair of the department of counseling and student personnel from 2000 to 2001 and 2005 to 2006, and as professor in the department of counseling and student personnel from 2004 to 2011.
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