Kathryn Jeffery recommended as Hennepin Technical College president

Posted: March 20, 2006

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

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor James H. McCormick said today he will recommend that the Board of Trustees appoint Kathryn Jeffery as president of Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie and Brooklyn Park. The chancellor's recommendation will be considered by the Board of Trustees at its regular meeting Wednesday.

Jeffery, 52, has been chief campus administrator for the Charleston campus of the Community College of Southern Nevada since 2004.

Jeffery was one of three finalists recommended to the chancellor by a search committee headed by Keith Stover, president of South Central College in Faribault and North Mankato.

"I'm pleased that we have found Kathryn Jeffery, a bright new talent, to recommend for our system's leadership team," McCormick said. "She is a dynamic and able leader who understands the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Hennepin Technical College."

At the Community College of Southern Nevada, Jeffery also served as interim dean for arts and letters. Prior to 2004, she was vice president of Columbia College in Sonora, Calif.; dean of student services and coordinator of faculty and staff diversity for the California Community Colleges; and coordinator of extended opportunity programs and services at Sacramento City College.

She holds a Ph.D. in education administration with an emphasis in community college leadership from the University of Texas at Austin; and a master of science degree in applied behavioral studies in education and a bachelor of music education, both from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

The new president will replace Ronald Kraft, who has served as interim president since July. Hennepin Technical College serves more than 8,500 students in credit courses annually and provides a variety of educational programs and delivery options. The new appointment would become effective July 24.