Litecky Named Century College President; Penny Harris Reynen Named MnSCU Board Executive Director

Posted: October 18, 2000

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

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees, acting on a recommendation by Chancellor Morris J. Anderson, today approved the appointment of Lawrence Litecky as president of Century College in White Bear Lake. Litecky has served as interim president since April, following the resignation of Charles Hays.

"Dr. Litecky's skills, vision and experience make him ideally suited for this appointment," Anderson said. "When I visited recently with students and faculty at Century, I heard that he has demonstrated his capacity as an excellent listener and a strong, honest leader. There was unequivocal support from the campus and the community."

Litecky has a doctorate and master's degree from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas.

Litecky began his teaching career at Minneapolis Community and Technical College in 1974, where he later assumed several other positions including associate dean, chair of the humanities department and chair of the college for working adults. He served as president for the Minnesota Community College Faculty Association for eight years. Prior to becoming interim president at Century College, Litecky helped to create the urban teacher education partnership, a new, flexible four-year program for aspiring urban teachers in the Twin Cities.

"I believe Dr. Litecky has both the trust and experience necessary to lead Century College," said Michael M. Vekich, chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. "He is a problem solver and a facilitator whose experience with higher education in Minnesota will enable him to make a very good institution even stronger."

Litecky's appointment will be effective immediately.

Century College offers a liberal arts and sciences program designed for transfer to a four-year institution, plus more than 60 technical and occupational programs. Century is among the largest two-year colleges in the state serving 6,900 students. It is also the largest provider of continuing education and customized training in the Minnesota, serving another 30,000 people per year.

Today the Board of Trustees also voted to appoint Penny Harris Reynen executive director for the Board. Reynen has been serving as interim executive director since May. Prior to this, she was an associate vice president at Metropolitan State University.


Minnesota's 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve more than 430,000 students across the state.