Posted: October 31, 2007

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The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees today appointed William Lowe as interim president of Metropolitan State University.

Lowe, who was provost and vice president of Metropolitan State University before he became acting president last week, replaces Wilson Bradshaw, who resigned to become president of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla.

Before becoming chief academic officer at Metropolitan State in 2003, Lowe served as vice president for academic affairs at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y.; dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Detroit Mercy; and dean of graduate studies at Chicago State University. A graduate of Michigan State University, Lowe holds a doctorate in modern history from Trinity College in Dublin and is a professor of history.

"Dr. Lowe has extensive administrative experience and a strong commitment to the high-quality programs at Metropolitan State University," said Chancellor James H. McCormick. "I am confident the university will continue to advance under his leadership in this transition."

Under the Board of Trustees policy, an interim president cannot be considered for the permanent presidency. A search committee for a new president of Metropolitan State University, chaired by Richard Davenport, president of Minnesota State University, Mankato, has begun its work. The committee expects to recommend a candidate to the chancellor by spring 2008, with the appointment of a new president by the Board of Trustees anticipated by June 30, 2008.

Metropolitan State University, which has campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis, served more than 9,000 students last year. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate and eight masters programs. This fall, the university also began offering its first doctorate in nursing.