MnSCU Chancellor receives emeritus status

Posted: July 20, 2011

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

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees today awarded emeritus status to Chancellor James H. McCormick, who is retiring July 31 after 10 years of service as chancellor.

Board of Trustees Chair Scott Thiss said: "Dr. McCormick understands the value of creating an environment that permits the best of what everyone has to offer come forward. He is a leader who has worked long, demanding hours but never departs the office without asking, ‘What have I done for students today?' "

The board also voted unanimously to rename their fourth floor meeting room, known as the Board Room, to the McCormick Room in his honor.

In receiving the recognition, McCormick said, "This is a very important honor and I am deeply grateful." McCormick has served the state of Minnesota as chancellor for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system for 10 years, beginning his service on July 1, 2001 and concluding on July 31, 2011.

During his tenure, the system’s enrollment increased from 365,101 in 2001 to 433,639 in 2010; yearly graduates increased from 24,907 in 2001 to 36,209 in 2010 for a total of 330,000; students of color increased from 21,634 in 2001 to 57,459 in 2011; and online enrollment increased from 6,970 in 2001 to 107,032 in 2011.

Also, the system’s colleges and universities established veterans centers at 45 of the 54 campuses. In the 10 years, McCormick drove more than 170,000 miles, met with 424 new legislators and attended 108 Board of Trustees meetings.

Board Chair Scott Thiss said Chancellor McCormick brought national recognition, stature and statewide pride to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. He added, "Today we celebrate and appreciate his legacy of passion and commitment to higher education and his public service."

Emeritus status is intended as a special honor for system employees who have served with great distinction.