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.
U 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.
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.
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.