Board of Trustees appoints interim presidents for Hennepin Technical College and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Posted: March 19, 2008

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

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees today appointed two interim presidents, Larry Anderson at Fond du Lac Community and Tribal College in Cloquet, and Marvin (Marty) K. Patterson at Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie and Brooklyn Park.

Anderson, 57, is the vice president of administration and student affairs at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Previously, he served as director of student services, dean of the college and athletic director. He also has been the Upward Bound and Student Support Services director at the College of St. Scholastica; a Talent Search coordinator for the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and assistant director of American Indian programs at the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity agency. He holds a master's degree and a bachelor's degree, both in counseling, from the University of Wisconsin - Superior.

Anderson's appointment takes effect July 1 and will be in place for two years. He replaces Donald Day, whose contract expires June 30. Fond du Lac Community and Tribal College, which served more than 2,600 students last year, offers a wide array of liberal arts and transfer programs, including law enforcement, computer forensics, American Indian studies, clean energy technology, environmental science and human services.

Patterson, 63, has been the acting president of Hennepin Technical College since March 14. He has been with the college since 1972, serving as an instructor, student services supervisor, program supervisor, department chair, campus director, campus chief executive officer and vice president for academic affairs and senior dean of instruction. He holds a bachelor's degree in secondary mathematics education from the University of South Dakota and an associate degree from Iowa Central Community College.

Patterson's appointment takes effect immediately. He replaces Kathryn Jeffery, who resigned to take another position. Hennepin Technical College serves more than 8,300 students each year and offers a wide range of programs, including practical nursing, information technology, fire protection, automation robotics, engineering technology, plastics manufacturing technology and marine motor sports technology.

In recommending Patterson's appointment, McCormick said: "Marvin Patterson's 30 years of exemplary teaching and administrative leadership in technical education will serve the college well. He has been involved in many initiatives at the college. I believe he knows how to keep the college moving forward in fulfilling its increasingly important mission."

Under the Board of Trustees' policy, an interim president cannot be considered for the permanent presidency. A search committee for a new president at Hennepin Technical College will be appointed within the next several months.