Minnesota State University Moorhead
Moorhead, Minnesota

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The Minnesota State Board of Trustees and Chancellor Devinder Malhotra invite nominations and applications for the position of President of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) seeks an authentic and visionary president with the experience and passion to lead a strong institution into its next phase of growth and success. Reporting to the Chancellor of Minnesota State, the president serves as the chief executive officer of the university, embracing the core values of grit, humility and heart that are exemplified across the institution.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and serving over 5,500 students, MSUM is an affordable, mid-sized, four-year public university which provides exceptional education to its students. The university offers more than 75 undergraduate areas of study and 14 graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select pre-professional programs, all with an average class size of 18 students.

Situated in the thriving community that encompasses Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota, MSUM is located on a beautiful campus that contributes to the quintessential college town ambiance. The community radiates a youthful energy and welcoming persona that continues to draw startups and industry, boasting strong future job growth. Robust community connections as well as a stable and forward-thinking mindset have positioned the next president of MSUM to build on this positive momentum for the next phase of the institution’s history.

Moorhead, Minn. and Fargo and West Fargo, N.D. are central to a thriving regional center with a population of 252,000 and growing for the Metropolitan Statistical Area. Higher education is a major community enterprise, with more than 23,000 students contributing to an atmosphere rich in arts, culture, sports and social activities. The communities enjoy a major concert venue; three universities; independent and community theatres; symphony orchestra; jazz concerts; annual film festivals; civic opera; art galleries and museums; and numerous family attractions and events.

At Minnesota State we provide the opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities. With 26 community and technical colleges and seven state universities on 54 campuses, Minnesota State serves nearly two-thirds of the entire state’s undergraduate student population, and we serve more Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian students than all higher education providers in the state, combined.

We are committed to equitable outcomes for all our students, and in 2019 committed to eliminating educational equity gaps at every Minnesota State college and university by the year 2030. We have intentionally named this goal Equity 2030. It is a moral imperative, and an economic imperative for our state as our population continues to grow more diverse and will ensure Minnesota has the workforce it needs for generations to come. We are working toward meeting our Equity 2030 goal through hard work, robust data analysis, targeted programs to improve outcomes, and partnerships with community organizations, employers, and the state legislature.

The next president will possess strong leadership skills necessary to provide vision and direction to MSUM. He/she will have a reputation as a leader with a vision for the future of higher education, as well as a proven track record of being a visible, engaged and accessible presence with students, alumni, community leaders, and friends. An earned doctorate is preferred, but not required.


Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Minnesota State University Moorhead in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher & Associates. For a full application package please provide a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Please direct inquiries nominations, and application materials to:

Betty Asher, Co-Founder, Greenwood Asher & Associates and Vice President & Managing Partner, Kelly

email: [email protected]

Lauren McCaghren, Senior Executive Search Consultant at Greenwood Asher & Associates

email: [email protected]

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. Candidates with hearing or speech disabilities may contact us via preferred telecommunications relay services.

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