Posted: July 18, 2007

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Bernardine Bryant, formerly the vice president of administrative services at Normandale Community College for 13 years, was appointed interim president of Normandale on Wednesday by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

Bryant, who had retired from Normandale, will become the interim president beginning July 31. She replaces President Katherine Hiyane-Brown, who is resigning to become president of Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash.

"Dr. Bryant's broad experience with the system, her particular knowledge of Normandale Community College and her genuine commitment to the well-being of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system present her as an ideal individual for this interim position," said Chancellor James H. McCormick, who recommended the appointment.

Prior to her Normandale service, Bryant was the director of human resources for the Minnesota Community College system before it became part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and a doctorate from the University of St. Thomas.

A search is underway for Hiyane-Brown's replacement. Under the Board of Trustees policy, interim presidents cannot be considered for the permanent presidency.