March Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

twin cities baccalaureate update.

The board was given an update from Ron Anderson, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Todd Harmening, System Director for Academic Programs and Collaboration, Ginny Arthur, President of Metropolitan State University, Barb McDonald, President of North Hennepin Community College, and Sharon Pierce, President of Minneapolis Community and Technical College about the Twin Cities Baccalaureate strategy.

The program is designed to increase access to and completion of baccalaureate programs in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The effort includes a partnership amongst Minnesota State universities and colleges. Their report showed that the program is progressing well. 

graphic provided in a PowerPoint during the Board of Trustees meeting

graphic provided in a PowerPoint during the Board of Trustees meeting

century college named new president.

The Board of Trustees unanimously elected Angelia Millender as the next Century College President. Since 2014, she has served as president of Olive-Harvey College (IL). Her other experience includes:

  • Served Broward College (FL) as district vice president for student affairs and enrollment management; Berkeley College (NY) as campus operations officer/dean of student development and external affairs
  • Served Robert Morris University as vice president of student services, dean of student services, director of career planning and placement, and as a member of the faculty.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University and a master’s from National Louis University (IL).

transition team.

A transition team was established last month for the transition between the current Chancellor Rosenstone and the Interim Chancellor Malhotra. This was done to ensure the transitioning process goes as smoothly as possible. 


Chancellor Rosenstone, in his update, discussed the $50 million scholarship donation goal the system has set. He spent time highlighting the David Olson Scholarship, which was recently established by Minnesota State University, Mankato. This scholarship just awarded its first recipients.

Chancellor Rosenstone also thanked Beverly and Richard Fink's one-million dollar donation, which will be given to students in Summer Bridge Programs. Summer Bridge Programs are developed to help incoming freshman, who aren't yet prepared for college, to become better prepared. 

The chair of the Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship, Frank Viggiano, also spoke. This is the 30th Anniversary for the Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship and the foundation hopes to honor this by awarding 30 scholarships this year

vice chair elected.

Before adjourning, Dawn Erlandson was elected as vice chair of the Board of Trustees. She was appointed as a trustee in 2012. Dawn is the president for Strategic Advisors, Inc., where she leads public affairs and marketing communications efforts for national, state and local clients. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, sociology and international business from Hamline University and has completed a policy fellowship at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School and the leadership development program at the University of St. Thomas’s Institute for Executive Director Leadership.

Aly Hagglund