Posted: March 11, 2005

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor James H. McCormick said today he will recommend that the Board of Trustees appoint Judith A. Ramaley as president of Winona State University with campuses in Winona and Rochester. The chancellor's recommendation will be considered by the Board of Trustees at its March 16 meeting.

Ramaley (pronounced rah-MAY'-lee) was one of three finalists recommended by a search committee chaired by Roland Barden, president of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Ramaley, 64, is a visiting senior scientist at the National Academy of Sciences and is Presidential Professor of Biomedical Sciences and a Fellow of the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy at the University of Maine. Previously, she was assistant director for education and human resources at the National Science Foundation. Notably, she also has served as president of the University of Vermont and president of Portland State University. She holds a Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor's degree in zoology from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa.

"Dr. Ramaley brings a wealth of experience to the university and to the entire Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. She is broadly respected as a scientist, as an educator and as a higher education administrator," McCormick said. "Dr. Ramaley is passionate about the liberal arts and sciences and has a special interest in developing systems to help students achieve their goals. I look forward to her leadership."

Dr. Ramaley has two sons and six grandchildren.

The new president will replace Darrell Krueger, who is retiring. If appointed by the board this month, Ramaley will become president July 15.

Winona State University is located in Winona and also serves the higher education needs in Rochester through the Winona State University-Rochester Center. Winona State University was founded in 1858 as the first college in the present system of state universities and the first teacher preparatory school west of the Mississippi River. Students can earn bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 80 undergraduate academic areas and 16 graduate-level programs.