Posted: June 21, 2006

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Chancellor James H. McCormick may serve until July 31, 2010, under a 12-month contract extension approved Wednesday by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

"Chancellor McCormick is an exceptional leader and strategic thinker," Board Chair Robert Hoffman said. "In five years as the top leader of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, he has created a cohesive, efficient system that delivers academic excellence, meets students' needs for a rich and satisfying higher education experience and primes the economic development pump in cities and towns across Minnesota."

The board awarded McCormick a 5 percent pay increase, bringing his annual salary from $272,344 to $285,961.

McCormick, 67, was the founding chancellor of the State System of Higher Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania before assuming his position July 2, 2001, as head of the Minnesota system. McCormick and his wife, Dr. Maryan Garner McCormick, live in Woodbury.