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  • Office of the President

Office of the President

  • Meet President Anne Blackhurst

    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 Fargo-Moorhead region."

    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.

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