Edna Szymanski recommended as president of Minnesota State University Moorhead

Posted: April 10, 2008

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

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor James H. McCormick said today he will recommend that the Board of Trustees appoint Edna Mora Szymanski as president of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Szymanski, 56, is senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Maine, Orono, a position she has held since 2006. She was one of three finalists recommended to the chancellor by a search committee chaired by Jon Quistgaard, president of Bemidji State University. The chancellor's recommendation will be considered by the Board of Trustees at a special meeting April 16.

Previously, Szymanski was dean and professor in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before that, she held several positions at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, including chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education and associate dean of the College of Education.

Szymanski holds a doctorate in special education from the University of Texas, Austin; a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania; and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

"Dr. Szymanski’s enthusiasm and passion about the opportunity to serve Minnesota State University Moorhead is impressive," McCormick said. "Her commitment to student-centered education is a good fit with the university’s mission and philosophy."

The new president will replace Roland Barden, who is retiring. It is anticipated that Szymanski’s appointment would become effective in July, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

Minnesota State University Moorhead serves more than 9,000 students in credit courses annually and provides a wide array of undergraduate and graduate programs.


Minnesota's 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve more than 430,000 students across the state.