July 23, 1999 - Thompson Named President of Ridgewater College
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The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees this week named Colleen Thompson president of Ridgewater College with campuses in Hutchinson and Willmar.
Thompson has been interim president of Ridgewater since August 1998 following the departure of Mary Retterer.
In appointing Thompson, the board followed the recommendation of Morris J. Anderson, chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Anderson consulted with faculty, students, staff and community representatives on the process of filling Ridgewater's presidency on a permanent basis. Thompson received favorable recommendations from these groups.
Thompson has been with Ridgewater College since 1970 as an administrator, instructor and dean of instruction. She has served as vice president of academic affairs since 1997 in addition to her interim appointment.
THompson has a master's degree from St. Cloud State University and a bachelor's degree from the College of St. Catherine.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is the largest provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota. The system includes 36 state universities, community colleges, technical colleges and comprehensive community and technical colleges in 46 communities around Minnesota and a campus in Japan. The system serves approximately 140,000 students.