The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system today appointed Connie J. Gores to be the next president of Southwest Minnesota State University.
Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor, said, “Connie’s track record has been truly impressive. Under her leadership, Winona State University improved academic quality and has boosted retention and graduation rates to record levels. Her upbringing in rural and agricultural communities will serve her well in driving the mission and vision of Southwest Minnesota State.”
Clarence Hightower, chair of the MnSCU Board of Trustees, said, “Southwest Minnesota State University has a proud tradition of fostering intellectual growth and career preparation within a liberal arts tradition. Her leadership will help the university fulfill its mission of preparing students to meet today’s complex challenges as citizens engaged in their local and global communities.”
Gores has served at Winona State University since 2007 as the vice president for student life and development and as interim president during the summer of 2012. She brings with her considerable experience in higher education administration and student services from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Cornish College of the Arts, and Willamette University College of Law. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from North Dakota State University, a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Colorado State University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Higher Education Administration from the University of Washington.
Gores will begin her position on July 1, 2013.
Ellinghuysen appointed Vice President of Finance and Administration
Winona State University announces Scott Ellinghuysen has been appointed to the position of Vice President of Finance and Administration.
Ellinghuysen has served the WSU community since 1989, first as a Financial Analyst, then as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from 2000 to present. He has twice served as interim Vice President of Finance and Administration, from 2006-2008 and from 2012 to present.