Dr. Anne Blackhurst became the 11th
president of Minnesota State University Moorhead on July 1, 2014. In
recommending her appointment, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
System Chancellor Steven Rosenstone said, "Dr. Anne Blackhurst has been
an outstanding provost for Minnesota State University Moorhead, with a
deep appreciation of the university’s unique strengths and the quality
of its academic programs. As MSU Moorhead’s president, Dr. Blackhurst
will continue to partner with students, faculty, staff, and community
leaders to address the critical needs of the university and the
Dr. Blackhurst has more than 30 years of
higher education experience in small liberal arts colleges, mid-size
comprehensive public universities, and a large research-intensive
institution, including 10 years of successful experience in academic
leadership roles. She served as provost and senior vice president for
Academic Affairs at MSUM since 2011. As provost, she led a campus-wide
strategic planning process that resulted in a new core values statement,
a new strategic vision and five new strategic priorities designed to
align with the strategic framework for the MnSCU system while
capitalizing on MSUM’s unique strengths and attributes.
"It is a tremendous honor to be named
president of this outstanding university," said Dr. Blackhurst. "It has
been a unique privilege to work with the outstanding faculty, staff and
students at MSU Moorhead, and I look forward to continuing in this new
role as we deliver on our promise to provide students with the
opportunity to discover their passions, the rigor to develop
intellectually, and the versatility to shape a changing world."
Blackhurst earned a Ph.D. in college
student personnel from Ohio University, an M.Ed. in counseling from The
College of Idaho, and a B.B.A. in economics from Boise State University.
She succeeds Dr. Edna Szymanski, who has served as president of MSUM since 2008.