Posted: March 21, 2007

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Earl H. Potter III

Earl H. Potter III

Earl H. Potter III was appointed today as president of St. Cloud State University by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

Potter, 60, has served as executive vice president and provost at Southern Oregon University in Ashland since 2003. Previously, Potter was dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University; dean of the School of Management at Lesley University; director for organizational development and employment services at Cornell University; associate dean for academics at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy; a fellow for the American Council on Education in the Office of the Chancellor at the University of Colorado; and chief negotiator for management and head of the Department of Economics and Management at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy.

"Dr. Potter's distinguished career has prepared him well to lead our largest institution," said David Paskach, chair of the Board of Trustees. "We are especially pleased that he has served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. We look forward to continued growth and success at St. Cloud State University in student achievement, fiscal accountability and economic development in the region."

Potter holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology and a master's degree in psychology, both from the University of Washington; and a bachelor's degree in psychology with honors from Williams College. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1969 to 1993 and retired at the rank of captain.

Chancellor James H. McCormick, who recommended Potter's appointment, said, "Dr. Potter has the track record of a winner. I think he'll bring a strong commitment to diversity, innovation and student success."

The search committee was chaired by Wilson Bradshaw, president of Metropolitan State University, who said, "Earl Potter has an exemplary record as an accomplished scholar and able academic administrator with strong community involvement. I am confident that Dr. Potter will serve this fine university with distinction."

In accepting the appointment, Potter said, "St. Cloud State University has a long history of shared governance. This is a strong asset and will play a central role in taking student success to the next level and to raising public recognition of this university's tremendous value to the region and to the state."

Potter will replace Roy H. Saigo, who has served as the university's president since 2000. The appointment becomes effective July 1.

St. Cloud State University, the system's largest university, serves 19,500 students and offers 225 undergraduate and graduate programs and is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.