Earlier today, May 16, 2012, Dr. Rassoul Dastmozd, Saint Paul College
president, announced to the College, and asked all to join him, in offering our
congratulations to Dr. Peggy Kennedy as the permanent President of Minnesota
State Community and Technical Colleges. President Dastmozd stated that he was
“proud of Dr. Kennedy's accomplishment and achievement, and is very grateful for
all of her contributions to Saint Paul College.” The following is the news
release sent out by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
ST. PAUL, Minn., May 16, 2012 -- The Minnesota State Colleges and
Universities Board of Trustees today appointed Peggy Kennedy as president of
Minnesota State Community and Technical College, which has campuses in Detroit
Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena.
Kennedy has served as interim president of the college since July 1, 2011.
Previously, she served as a vice president of academic affairs and student
development, and dean for business and general education programs at Saint Paul
Kennedy holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of
Wisconsin, Whitewater and a master’s degree in business education and an Ed.D.
in educational policy and administration, both from the University of
In recommending Kennedy’s appointment as president, Chancellor Steven
Rosenstone said: “Since serving as interim president, Peggy Kennedy has done an
exceptional job of leading the college. She is deeply engaged in creating an
extraordinary education for students and is committed to uniting the campuses to
work together on behalf of Minnesota State Community and Technical College
students and communities.”
Trustee Clarence Hightower, who chairs the board’s Human Resources Committee,
said: “Minnesota State Community and Technical College plays a vital role in the
growth and development of the communities it serves. Under President Kennedy’s
leadership, we can expect the college to continue advancing its mission and
enhancing the lives of the people it touches.”
“I am truly honored to be appointed president at Minnesota State Community
and Technical College,” said Kennedy. “I look forward to continuing to work with
the students, faculty, staff and communities in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls,
Moorhead and Wadena.”
Kennedy’s appointment takes effect May 17, 2012. Minnesota State Community
and Technical College, which served more than 9,200 students last year, offers a
wide array of liberal arts and transfer programs, as well as career track
programs such as nursing, business, radiologic technology, biotechnology,
electrical line worker and medical laboratory technician.
Minnesota's 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve
more than 420,000 students across the state.