Fridge to Head MnSCU Diversity Efforts

Posted: November 5, 1998

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@so.mnscu.edu, 651-201-1426

Chancellor Morris J. Anderson today announced that state human rights commissioner Dolores Fridge will join Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to head an effort to recruit and retain faculty and students of color at state colleges and universities across the state. Fridge will start her new position with 30 days.

"Our colleges and universities are deeply committed to bringing greater diversity to their campuses," Anderson said. "Dolores Fridge is ideally suited to help them tap the great strength that exists in diversity. She's an experienced leader, coach and problem solver. I'm delighted to have her on the team."

Fridge was the first African American woman to graduate from Winona State University. Fridge began her career as a public school teacher in Minneapolis. Since then she has worked in the private sector for ten years managing customer service line operations for Prudential Financial Services Company, Zeos International and Wilson Learning Corporation. In 1992 she joined the Minnesota Department of Human Rights where she served as director, deputy commissioner and was named commissioner in 1996.Chancellor Anderson said he has charged Fridgewith creating and implementing plans to assist campuses in recruiting faculty, leadership and students from diverse backgrounds to state colleges and university campuses. In her position, she will work with K-12 schools, establish new relationships between MnSCU and other entities, identify barriers to success and implement affirmative action and equal opportunity plans. Fridge will serve as associate vice chancellor for equal opportunity.

Fridge succeeds Tim Price, a veteran state university administrator, who recently accepted a position in MnSCUs academic affairs division as special assistant to Senior Vice Chancellor Linda Baer. Price will assist Dr. Baer in a number of leadership and development initiatives within the division and on behalf of colleges and universities.