Posted: May 9, 1996

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Judith Eaton, chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), today announced the immediate appointment of Karen E. Nagle as interim president for the soon-to-be-consolidated Rochester Community and Technical College.

The interim appointment will continue until December 31, 1996. Nagle will provide leadership for Rochester Community and Technical College while MnSCU and the University of Minnesota consider long-term plans for the University Center Rochester, which includes the college. These plans are being developed in consultation with the Rochester Community Advisory Committee, the faculty and staff at the Center and two consultants, whose report is due later this month.

Decisions on the long-term plans will be made this spring or summer. Implementation should take place during the 1996-97 academic year.

Nagle is serving in her fourth year as president of Rochester Community College. She will oversee the consolidation of Minnesota Riverland Technical College and Rochester Community College, which takes effect July 1.

"Karen Nagle will provide strong leadership as Rochester's higher education partners explore new ways of meeting the needs of students and the community," Eaton said.

"We have an opportunity to build on the many strengths of our higher education services in the Rochester area," said Nancy Brataas of Rochester, a member of the MnSCU Board of Trustees. "Dr. Nagle's wide range of experience and solid record of accomplishment will serve us well at this important time."

Nagle, a Minnesota native, has 24 years of experience with Minnesota community colleges, including administrative appointments as the academic dean at Lakewood Community College, the president of Rainy River Community College and acting president of Arrowhead Community College Region. She began her career as an instructor at Hibbing Community College.

Nagle holds a baccalaureate degree from Moorhead State University, master's degrees from the University of Washington and Harvard University and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

Eaton also announced today that Don Supalla, vice president and campus CEO at Minnesota Riverland Technical College-Rochester, will become vice president of student affairs and institutional advancement at Rochester Community and Technical College.

Rochester Community and Technical College enrolls approximately 5,000 students in career and transfer programs. It is the principal partner in the University Center Rochester with Winona State University and the University of Minnesota.