Dorothy Duran Named President of Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical

Posted: March 19, 2014

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

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 19, 2014 – The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities today appointed Dr. Dorothy Duran as president of Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical.  Her appointment becomes effective July 1, 2014.

“Dr. Duran is committed to excellence and student success,” said Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. “She has a track record of fostering a culture of trust and collaboration and will be a generous partner with business, industry, the public schools and the communities the college serves.  She will be a strong, decisive and effective leader for Southeast Tech.” 

Dr. Duran has served as vice president for academic affairs at Iowa Western Community College since 2006. Previously, she served at Northern New Mexico College as dean/director of the El Rito campus from 1998 to 2006, and at Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute from 1988 to 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and sociology and a master’s degree in educational foundations from the University of New Mexico and a doctorate in education administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Duran said, “I am tremendously honored to be named president of this outstanding college. I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students, and the Winona and Red Wing communities to build upon the college’s 65-year record of innovation and collaboration, and to lead Southeast Tech to new levels of excellence.”

With campuses in Red Wing and Winona, Southeast Technical provides “Education for Employment,” which reflects its rich history of providing excellence in technical training and the liberal arts.  Students select from over 90 programs in six major fields: business, office, and information technology careers; health and human services; liberal arts and sciences; musical instrument and creative arts careers; sales and management; technical careers; trade and industrial careers.  Job placement rates for graduates have averaged over 94% for the last five years.

Picture of Dorothy Duran

Dr. Duran succeeds Jim Johnson, who has served as president of Southeast Technical since 1995 and has announced his intention to retire.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities include 24 two-year community, technical, and comprehensive colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.

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