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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. She is known on and off campus as a leader, collaborator, connecter to the greater community, strategic thinker, marathon runner, and social media user (follow her @PrezBlackhurst).

    As President, Anne Blackhurst led efforts to focus the university’s strategic plan, a plan that as Provost she led in developing. This process of further refinement has led to the following institutional statements:
    (Why do we do what we do?)
    The simplest and most idealistic answer: Our purpose is to transform the world by transforming lives.
    Our Core Values
    (How do we behave?)

    • Grit
    • Humility
    • Heart 

    Aspirational Value
    Diversity and inclusion of people and ideas

    "Permission to Play" Values
    Integrity and mutual respect in our behavior and interactions  

    Strategic Anchors
    (How will we succeed?)
    We will succeed by: 

    • Focusing relentlessly on student achievement and students’ return on their investment;
    • Embedding and supporting diversity in every facet of the university; and
    • Ensuring that MSUM is indispensible to the social, cultural, and economic advancement of Moorhead and the surrounding 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.

    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.

    Curriculum Vita