As I wind down my journey as the president/CEO of Saint Paul College, I have been meeting with alumni, external partners, community leaders, and groups of faculty, and staff this week. I enjoyed a retirement celebration held in my honor with Saint Paul College Foundation board members, President’s Advisory Council members and members of the community in attendance. The Faculty and Staff of Color group (above) held a gathering in my honor to celebrate accomplishments made during my time at the College. It all has been a wonderful way for me to thank individuals for their abiding connection to Saint Paul College. I am deeply touched by all those who have been able to attend these retirement celebrations, and extending to me their well wishes for the next chapter in my life.
I marvel at the level of commitment and support for Saint Paul College from our internal and external stakeholders. Their passion, love, and satisfaction for what we do at the College is boundless. I am grateful to our team of faculty, staff, and administrators for their dedication and commitment in being instrumental in helping to transform students’ lives - one person at a time.
Here’s a recap of a few of my activities this week:
Meeting with Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation Chair of Governance Committee
I met with the Governance Committee chair to discuss strategic priorities of the board and new board member recruitment for
Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations.
Meeting with Minnesota State External Auditor
The vice president of finance and I met with Minnesota State External Auditor to discuss our experience at the campus level with Minnesota State Finance System.
Annual College Retiree Luncheon
I along with members of our executive leadership team hosted the annual Saint Paul College retirees’ luncheon. It is an honor and privilege to welcome Saint Paul College retirees back to campus. They built a solid foundation of success for our students and community by offering their unselfish commitment, dedication, generosity, through volunteerism, and leadership.
Science Museum of Minnesota Mission Advancement Committee
I attended the
Science Museum of Minnesota board meeting. SMM serves a vital role in the community, providing resources and opportunities for learning that are valued by families, educators, funders, and policy-makers.
United Hospital Foundation Board Meeting
I attended a
United Hospital Foundation board meeting. The Foundation seeks to be a high-performing foundation by broadening their donor base, staying connected to our community and engaging their partners (donors, board members and physicians) in their mission.
Minnesota State Board of Trustee Meeting
I attended the
Minnesota State Board of Trustees meeting via WebEx. The Board has policy responsibility for Minnesota State system planning, academic programs, fiscal management, personnel, admissions requirements, tuition and fees, and rules and regulations.
Meeting with Thrivent Foundation
I met with the executive director of
Thrivent Foundation to discuss the goals and progress of
Trading Up 2.0, which is a training program that provides trainees with a career pathway into skilled building and construction trades, manufacturing, and transportation fields. Some program graduates earn an apprenticeship, a spot with a trade union or trade employer while others increase their formal education in a Saint Paul College certificate, diploma, or degree program. Each trainee receives individualized assessment and guidance counseling from a career navigator so all future options are clear. The
Trading Up 2.0 program is funded by a generous grant from
Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP)
I attended the
Central Corridor Anchor Partnership executive committee meeting to discuss and promote workforce system strategies for the healthcare occupational sector. The Central Corridor Anchor Partnership is a group of colleges, universities, hospitals, and health care organizations committed to the health, vitality, and growth of the neighborhoods around the Green Line.
Meeting with a Community Leader
I met with a community leader who is interested in
Saint Paul College’s programs and Minnesota’s current and future economic and workforce trends, and pursuing philanthropic engagement at the College to support students.
In the news
TheHill.com Blog: June 13, 2019:Community college students are changing — it's time for financial aid policies to change too
It was announced on Wednesday that Deidra Peaslee will serve as interim president of Saint Paul College. The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities named Deidra Peaslee to serve as interim president; her appointment becomes effective July 1 and is for a one-year term. Dr. Peaslee has served Anoka-Ramsey Community College as the vice president of Academic and Student Affairs since 2011, and previously as dean of educational services from 2002 to 2011. I know that Dr. Peaslee will serve Saint Paul College very well through her leadership and extensive experience in higher education. We will do whatever we can to help with a very smooth transition. The College is very fortunate, indeed, to have Dr. Peaslee serve as the interim president. For more information, please view
Deidra Peaslee to Serve as Interim President of Saint Paul College.
I will end this blog by thanking everyone for going the extra mile and providing exceptional service to our students and our community.
I wish you a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College