Posted: December 17, 1996

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Dr. Harold Erickson, president of Lake Superior College in Duluth, today was appointed interim president of St. Cloud Technical College by Chancellor Judith Eaton of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU).

He will begin his duties during the first week of January and will serve until a permanent president is appointed. A search for the permanent president is under way. Dr. Larry Barnhardt, president of St. Cloud Technical College since 1991, recently announced his resignation.

"Harold Erickson will provide outstanding leadership for St. Cloud Technical College during the next several months," Eaton said. "He is among the most respected and experienced presidents in the MnSCU system."

Erickson, who plans to retire in June, will stay involved at Lake Superior College, and other campus administrators will assume some of his duties.

"St. Cloud Technical College is an outstanding institution, and I am pleased to have an opportunity to serve during this interim period," he said.

Erickson has served as president of Lake Superior College since it was established on July 1, 1995, with the consolidation of Duluth's community and technical colleges. He served as president of Duluth Technical College from 1990 to 1995 and as vice president of Brainerd Technical College from 1987 to 1990. Previously, he held several administrative posts at Western Wisconsin Technical College in LaCrosse.

Erickson holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and an educational specialist degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

St. Cloud Technical College serves more than 2,300 students. It is a member institution of MnSCU, which serves approximately 145,000 students at 53 campuses around the state.