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Mary Holz-Clause, Ph.D., began her tenure as chancellor of the University of Minnesota Crookston on June 30, 2017. The chancellor is the chief executive officer for the Crookston campus and reports to the president of the University of Minnesota System.
Holz-Clause comes to the U of M Crookston from California State Polytechnic (Cal Poly) University Pomona, where she served as dean of the Huntley College of Agriculture and as a tenured professor in the Department of Agricultural Business Management and Agriculture Science. In that role, she oversaw a student body of more than 2,000 — many of whom were underrepresented minorities and/or first generation college students — 150 faculty and staff as well as five departments, four centers and nine farms and enterprises. Prior to her work at Cal Poly Pomona, Holz-Clause served as vice president for economic development at the University of Connecticut (UConn), where she oversaw initial development of the UConn Technology Park in Storrs, Conn., and created an Office of Economic Development, garnering millions in outside contracts.
Accepting the chancellorship of the University of Minnesota Crookston marks a return to the Midwest for Holz-Clause, who has spent much of her life in Iowa—more specifically, at Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames. After earning her B.S. in Agriculture Business, a Master in Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Agriculture Education and Extension there, Holz-Clause spent 25 years working at her alma mater. During that time, she helped ISU Extension become a dynamic engagement and outreach partner across Iowa, the U.S. and the world.
Holz-Clause and her husband Reg also own and operate a corn/soybean/cattle feedlot in central Iowa.
“I am excited to join the University of Minnesota Crookston community,” said Holz-Clause. “The campus is a treasure for the area and the entire state. I look forward to working with the students, staff, and faculty — as well as the residents and leaders of the region — to grow the University of Minnesota Crookston and its research, outreach, and service to the region and beyond.”
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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.