Posted: April 30, 2004

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Minnesota State University, Mankato has issued this news release regarding an honor awarded to Trustee Robert Hoffman.

Mankato - Renville, Minn., native Robert Hoffman has been named a recipient of the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Hoffman graduated from MSU in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in English, and in 1969 with a master's degree in educational administration.

His career began in Redwood Falls as a teacher and coach, and then principal at Wanamingo High School. After that he briefly moved into the business world as an educational consultant in data processer at IBM.

In 1972, he completed his doctorate in education from Utah State University. He served as assistant superintendent of schools in Worthington. He went on to Waseca where he served as the state's youngest superintendent.

Currently Hoffman serves as Vice President of Taylor Corp. and is CEO/President of Schmidt - a Taylor Corp. company.

Hoffman has been involved in many community groups, including hospital boards, school committees, church activities, MSU Foundation Board, Waseca Chamber of Commerce and others. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and is trustee for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award is presented to graduates who have achieved high rank or honor in their professions, have a widespread effect on their communities, and are recognized for their achievements over the course of their careers. Hoffman will receive the honor at MSU's 2004 Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony Friday, April 23, at the Midwest Wireless Civic Center.