Tim Wynes appointed president of Inver Hills Community College

Posted: March 17, 2010

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

Tim Wynes was appointed president of Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights today by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

Wynes, 55, has been chancellor of the Iowa Valley Community College District, a two-college, multi-center district in Iowa since 2002.

“Tim Wynes has demonstrated strong leadership skills and a vision that will serve this college well as its enrollment continues to grow,” McCormick said. “We had an impressive field of candidates, and I am pleased that we attracted such a high-quality leader to our system.”

Ruth Grendahl, vice chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the board’s Human Resources Committee, said, “Tim Wynes will be a solid addition to our system’s leadership team. I look forward to his ideas and contributions for continuing to expand access to higher education, particularly in the metropolitan area.”

Wynes said, “I greatly appreciate this opportunity to be the president of Inver Hills Community College. I am thrilled to be able to serve the system, and like my predecessor, I will be a strong advocate for this fine college.”

Before serving at Iowa Valley Community College, Wynes was executive dean of governmental affairs, grants and college research and director of governmental affairs at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa; general counsel and director of the Division of Legal Services in the Missouri Department of Social Services; and a faculty member and assistant professor of clinical law and clinic director at the University of Missouri School of Law.

He has held adjunct positions at Iowa State University, Buena Vista University, St. Ambrose University, the University of Missouri Graduate School of Social Work and Missouri Southern State College. He also has worked as a litigator in the Boone and Jasper counties prosecuting attorneys’ offices in Missouri and in the Missouri Public Defender’s Office. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cornell College in Iowa, a law degree from St. Louis University and is working on a doctorate in educational leadership and policy from Iowa State University.

Wynes will replace Cheryl Frank, who is retiring. His appointment takes effect July 1. The board also appointed John O’Brien president of North Hennepin Community College at the same meeting.