Posted: April 29, 1998

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities' Board of Trustees has named Robert L. Musgrove president of Pine Technical College in Pine City. Musgrove, 48, will replace Eugene Biever, who retires June 30, 1998.

"A national search enabled us to find a leader who can balance fresh new ideas with years of practical technical college experience," said Michael Vekich, Chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. "Pine Technical College has emerged as a responsive education and training hub in East Central Minnesota. Dr. Musgrove is well qualified to help the college grow and become an even more effective community partner."

Musgrove has served as dean of instruction for Texas State Technical College at Sweetwater since 1989. Prior to this, he served as associate dean for two years and headed the institution's English department from 1986 to 1987. Musgrove has also worked as a high school English teacher, managed a hardware store and served in the U.S. Army. He holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Musgrove was selected by Chancellor Morris Anderson and recommended to the Board of Trustees from a list of five finalists that was submitted by a national screening committee composed of college and community representatives. The committee was chaired by Ken Mills, president of South Central College in Mankato.

Pine Technical College serves approximately 1,000 students annually and reaches an additional 3,700 students and citizens through its partnerships with K-12 schools, correctional facilities, employers and workforce centers. The campus offers unique educational opportunities in security management, gunsmithing, locksmithing and taxidermy and has expanded its program opportunities recently through partnerships with other colleges and the use of technology.

Pine Technical College is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, which is the largest provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota.