MnSCU Names Two State University Presidents

Posted: May 17, 2000

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

Wilson G. Bradshaw

Wilson G. Bradshaw, Metropolitan State University

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees and Chancellor Morris J. Anderson today made history by naming two new university presidents in one day. Wilson G. Bradshaw will become president of Metropolitan State University and Roy H. Saigo will become president of St. Cloud State University. Bradshaw is currently serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs for Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Saigo (pronounced SIGH-go) is chancellor of Auburn University Montgomery in Montgomery, Alabama.

Anderson said he is delighted to add two people of color to the ranks of MnSCU presidents. "It has been a personal goal of mine to build diversity among college presidents. It's an essential part of reaching out to students and faculty and building diversity on our campuses."

Michael M. Vekich, chair of the MnSCU Board of Trustees said he was very pleased with the caliber of the candidates. "Dr. Bradshaw and Dr. Saigo emerged as extraordinary leaders who are uniquely qualified to lead these two very different institutions."

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is the largest provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota serving approximately 147,000 students.

Wilson Bradshaw, 50, has been serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs for Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania since 1995. From 1990 to 1995, he served as vice president and dean for graduate studies and research at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. Prior to this he held administrative positions at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton Florida from 1984 to 1990. Throughout his 27-year career, Bradshaw has maintained a presence in the classroom, teaching a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses, and has authored numerous publications.

"Wilson Bradshaw recognizes that a university must be an integral part of its community. His philosophy, vision and communication skills are an ideal match for Metropolitan State University," said Michael Vekich, chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

Bradshaw has a Ph.D. in psychobiology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a master's in experimental psychology and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

The announcement concludes a nine-month search process that began last fall. Dennis Nielsen has served as interim president for Metropolitan State University since 1998, when former president Susan Cole resigned to become president of Montclair State University in New Jersey.

The search was conducted by a committee chaired by Dr. James Bensen, president of Bemidji State University. Finalists for the Metropolitan State University presidency were forwarded to Chancellor Morris J. Anderson, who interviewed them along with two members of the MnSCU Board of Trustees. Finalists also met with students and faculty groups on the Metropolitan State University campus. Anderson selected Bradshaw and today recommended his appointment to the Board of Trustees. He will start July 1, 2000.

Metropolitan State University serves approximately 7,500 students each year, and specializes in upper division courses and master's degree programs for adult students who wish to complete their goal of graduation. The university offers daytime, evening and weekend classes in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and each year accepts more than 500 transfer students from colleges and universities across Minnesota.

Roy H. Saigo,
St. Cloud State University
Roy H. Saigo, 59, has been serving as chancellor for Auburn University Montgomery in Montgomery, Alabama since 1994. From 1990 to 1994 he served as provost and vice president for academic and student affairs for Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. Prior to that, Saigo was dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa from 1984 to 1990. He held leadership and faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire from 1967 through 1984.

"Roy Saigo understands the challenges facing today's universities, and has the leadership capacity and experience to carry St. Cloud State University into a bright future," said Michael Vekich, chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

Saigo has a Ph.D. in botany and plant pathology from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon and a bachelor's degree in biological science from the University of California at Davis.

The announcement of Saigo's appointment concludes a national search process that began in March 1999 when former president Bruce Grube resigned to become president of Georgia Southern University. Suzanne Williams has served as interim president for St. Cloud State University since Grube's departure.

The search was conducted by a committee chaired by Dr. Roland Barden, president of Moorhead State University. Finalists for the St. Cloud State University presidency were forwarded to Chancellor Morris J. Anderson, who interviewed them along with two members of the MnSCU Board of Trustees. Finalists also met with students and faculty groups on the St. Cloud State campus. Anderson selected Saigo and today recommended his appointment to the Board of Trustees. He will start July 1, 2000.

St. Cloud State University is the largest undergraduate university in Minnesota serving more than 17,000 students each year. The university offers more than 20 nationally accredited programs and is one of 207 schools in the country named National Merit sponsor for its strong record in attracting National Merit finalists.

 

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