Steven Rosenstone has had a distinguished career in higher education beginning with his summa cum laude bachelor’s degree from Washington University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He was professor of political science at Yale University until 1986 when he joined the University of Michigan to serve as professor of political science and program director in the Center for Political Studies. He is the author of Who Votes?; Mobilization, Participation, and Democracy in America; Third Parties in America: Citizen Response to Major Party Failure; Hispanic Political Participation; Forecasting Presidential Elections; and numerous scholarly articles on elections, political participation, and higher education. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Recruited to the University of Minnesota in 1996 to serve as dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Rosenstone earned a reputation as a visionary and effective leader. In recognition of his service to the University of Minnesota, he was awarded the McKnight Presidential Leadership Chair in 2004 and was promoted to Vice President for Scholarly and Cultural Affairs in 2007.
Named chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in February 2011 by the Board of Trustees, Rosenstone began his term in August 2011. As chancellor, Rosenstone is responsible for leading the seven state universities and 24 community and technical colleges that serve more than 420,000 students in 47 communities across the state.
Chancellor Rosenstone has led the development and implementation of MnSCU’s new strategic framework to enhance the role that Minnesota State Colleges and Universities play in growing Minnesota?s economy by:
- Ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans
- Being the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce and community needs
- Delivering to students, employers, communities and taxpayers the highest value / most affordable option.
Rosenstone serves on the Governor’s Workforce Development Council, the Minnesota P-20 Education Partnership, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, the Itasca Project, the Business Partnership, and the governing boards for Minnesota Compass and Generation Next.
Rosenstone is married to Maria Antonia Calvo, who holds a Ph.D. in political science from Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. She is an adjunct associate professor of Spanish at the University of Minnesota. They have three children — a son who studies piano, a daughter who studies cello at a conservatory and a daughter who is a medical student in Spain.