Posted: May 20, 1999

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees has named Keith Stover president of South Central College with campuses in Faribault and Mankato.

Stover, 50, is currently president of Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia, Kansas. He began serving at the college in 1986. Prior to this he was director of the Huron Vocational School in Huron, SD, for 10 years, from 1976 to 1986.

"Keith Stover is known as a leader who is skilled at forming partnerships with business and industry," said Michael Vekich, chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. "He has a fine reputation for developing educational programs that meet the changing needs of students and employers."

A native of Rapid City, S.D., Stover received his master of science degree in educational administration from South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., in 1975. He received his bachelor of science degree in education from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D. in 1971.

Stover began his teaching career in the Brookings Public Schools, where he taught from 1971 to 1975.

"South Central is known for being progressive," said Stover. "It has many great business and industry partnerships. I have followed the Minnesota model of technical colleges since the late 1980s, and I am excited to be a part of that system."

Stover said he will move to Minnesota this summer with his wife, Sandra.

Stover was selected by Chancellor Morris J. Anderson and recommended to the Board of Trustees from a list of finalists. The finalists were chosen by a national screening committee composed of college and community representatives and chaired by Donovan Schwichtenberg, president of St. Paul Technical College.

South Central serves approximately 5,237 students annually with a full-time fall enrollment of 2,346.