Posted: February 19, 1997

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Dr. Karin Treiber, former vice president for student affairs at Minneapolis Technical College, has been appointed director of the support office for the Akita, Japan, campus of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU).

Treiber, who began her duties on February 10, will be based in the MnSCU system office in St. Paul.

Treiber's responsibilities include overseeing recruitment of American students for the Akita campus and serving as liaison with MnSCU institutions and other organizations. She reports to the campus' Akita-based provost, Dr. John Norris.

Her previous experience includes positions as coordinator of student support services for the Minnesota Air Traffic Control Training Center in Eden Prairie (1990-94); self-employed career counselor and consultant (1983-1990); nurse recruiter at Mount Sinai Hospital in Minneapolis (1981-83); director of the counseling and career planning office at the University of Steubenville in Ohio (1978-80); assistant director of admissions at the University of Steubenville (1975-1978); instructor at Colegio Bolivar in Cali, Colombia (1973-74); assistant director of student development at Southwest State University in Marshall, Minn. (1972-73); and instructor at Colegio Universitario del Sagrado Corazon in Cali, Colombia (1971-72).

Treiber received a Ph.D. in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in college personnel administration from Michigan State University and a B.A. in English from Duquesne University.

The Akita campus opened its doors to the charter class of American and Japanese students on May 15, 1990. The program grew out of the 1986 trade talks between President Reagan and Prime Minister Nakasone of Japan. The Minnesota State Universities entered into an agreement with Yuwa Town in Akita Prefecture to establish the campus.

The program gives American students an opportunity to take Japanese language and culture classes and a variety of general education courses at the Akita campus for one or more quarters. The classes are taught primarily by faculty from the seven state universities in Minnesota.

The program also enrolls Japanese students, who engage in intensive English study for one year, then enroll in general education courses taught in English and work toward an associate of arts degree. At that point, they transfer to one of the state universities in Minnesota to complete a four-year degrees.

The campus currently enrolls 51 American students and 258 Japanese students.