Posted: March 31, 2008

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Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor James H. McCormick said today he will recommend that the Board of Trustees appoint Sue K. Hammersmith as president of Metropolitan State University.

Hammersmith, 59, is provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, a post she has held since 2002. She also is a professor of social change and development and sociology at the university. She was one of three finalists recommended to the chancellor by a search committee chaired by Richard Davenport, president of Minnesota State University, Mankato. The chancellor's recommendation will be considered by the Board of Trustees at a special meeting April 16.

Previously, Hammersmith was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Ferris State University, with several campuses in west central Michigan; dean of University College at Ball State University at Muncie, Ind.; and assistant dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

She holds a doctorate and a master's degree, both in sociology, and a bachelor's degree in anthropology, all from Indiana University.

"Dr. Hammersmith has a breadth of experience at four public universities in three states," McCormick said. "I am pleased to recommend her to lead Metropolitan State, a unique institution that meets the needs of a diverse student body including adult students over age 25."

The new president will replace William Lowe, who is serving as interim president after former president Wilson Bradshaw resigned in October to take a position in Florida. Lowe will return to his previous position as provost and vice president. It is anticipated that Sue Hammersmith’s appointment would become effective July 1, pending approval by the Board of the Trustees.

Metropolitan State University, which has campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis and serves more than 9,000 students in credit courses annually, provides a wide array of undergraduate and graduate programs.