Chancellor's Office

Here at the University of Minnesota Crookston, we take pride in providing a world-class education in a friendly, close-knit campus setting. Our talented and supportive faculty members not only serve as teachers and facilitators, they also provide the kind of professional advising and mentorship that makes all the difference in your college experience. Our helpful and caring staff members also play an important role in student success. Personal attention and the University of Minnesota brand of excellence are hallmarks of our campus. They are the core essence of what we mean by “Small Campus. Big Degree.”


Chancellor Fred Wood announced he would leave the University of Minnesota Crookston at the end of 2016 after nearly five years of service to the campus. A national search for a new chancellor is underway with the goal of appointing a new chancellor for UMC by July 1, 2017.

Barbara KeinathU of M President Eric Kaler has appointed Barbara Keinath, Ph.D., to serve as interim chancellor for the University of Minnesota Crookston, effective January 1, 2017. In an email to the Crookston campus community, Kaler said, “As UMC's vice chancellor for academic and student affairs the past three years, Barbara has displayed outstanding leadership and has been active in representing UMC to the University's Board of Regents, alumni, community groups and others…Her experience in continuous improvement, accreditation, and student affairs provides additional breadth to her leadership. I am confident that she will provide steady and collaborative leadership as we move forward in our national search to find a replacement for outgoing Chancellor Fred Wood.”

Kienath holds a Ph.D. in educational administration with a focus on higher education and policy from the University of Minnesota. She earned a Master of Arts in college student personnel from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in German also from Michigan State.

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Budget and Finance

The chancellor and director of finance traditionally begin the budget planning process for the next fiscal year in November. 


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The chancellor and administration are committed to sustaining and growing the University of Minnesota Crookston.


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Strategic Planning

The strategic planning process involves planning, action, and evaluation that characterizes real-world, real-time strategy.


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The Chancellor’s Administrative Cabinet is made up of six key members of the campus community.


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The Executive Committee is compromised of academic department heads, departmental directors and other campus leaders.


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College Advisory & Advancement Board

This board seeks to improve student and alumni success, and to enhance the campus’s partnerships as well as service to to the community.



Campus E-Update

The Crookston Campus E-Update highlights administrative activities and programs on campus and includes news from Interim Chancellor Keinath as well as featured events and activities from several departments on a rotating basis.

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Thursday Commons

No classes have been scheduled for the block of time from 12-2 p.m. each Thursday, to provide an open time that allows the scheduling of a variety of campus meetings, events, or presentations and to encourage greater participation by students, staff, and faculty.

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Chancellor's Office

University of Minnesota Crookston
107 Selvig Hall
2900 University Ave
Crookston, MN 56716

1-800-UMC-MINN (862-6466)
FAX: 218-281-8040

Interim Chancellor
(218) 281-8341
Assistant to the Chancellor
(218) 281-8343