Posted: March 17, 2004

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Katherine Hiyane-Brown today was appointed president of Normandale Community College in Bloomington by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

Hiyane-Brown, 52, is vice president for academic and student affairs at Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, Wash. She will succeed Tom Horak, who is retiring. Her appointment is effective July 12.

Hiyane-Brown (pronounced He-yah-nay-Brown) has been at Tacoma Community College, a comprehensive community college with more than 8,500 students, since 1991. Previously she served as dean of instruction at Leeward Community College in Pearl City, Hawaii, from 1987 to 1991, and as associate dean of instruction and staff development coordinator at Muscatine Community College in Muscatine, Iowa, from 1977 to 1987.

"Dr. Hiyane-Brown has outstanding qualifications to lead Normandale Community College," Board Chair Jim A. Luoma said. "With her experience in colleges across the country, we also look forward to the fresh ideas she will bring to our growing system."

Hiyane-Brown holds a doctorate in education from the Oregon State University Community College Leadership Program, a master's degree in instructional design and technology from the University of Iowa and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

"Dr. Hiyane-Brown's breadth of experience and academic background will be an asset not only to the college, but also to the system as we continue to strengthen our academic programs and technology-assisted offerings," said Chancellor James H. McCormick, who recommended the appointment.

The search committee was led by President Cheryl Frank of Inver Hills Community College, who said the committee had an exceptional pool of candidates.

"Dr. Hiyane-Brown is coming to a strong, well-run community college dedicated to quality, transfer opportunities, strong career programs and meeting the needs of business and industry," President Frank said. "Dr. Hiyane-Brown is respected and well-grounded in all aspects of higher education."

Hiyane-Brown is married and has a family of four. Her husband, Robert Brown, is an elementary teacher in the Tacoma School District.

Normandale Community College provides the first two years leading to a bachelor's degree and offers two-year career programs that prepare students for employment in fields such as dental hygiene, nursing, law enforcement and computer technology. Established in 1968, the college serves more than 10,000 students annually and contracts with local employers to provide customized employee training.

Chancellor McCormick praised President Horak's exemplary leadership of the college over the past 13 years. "Tom Horak provides personal attention to the needs of his students, strong leadership for his faculty and administration, and valued contributions to the system leadership," McCormick said. "We will miss him greatly."