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Inauguration of President Anne Blackhurst

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  • 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).

    Below is her synopsis of the kind of place MSUM is and what makes the people of MSUM extraordinary.

    What Makes MSUM Special

    During the 2013-14 school year, members of the academic community put a great deal of thought into defining our mission, core values and vision and priorities. Next, we refined and focused these high-level, broad concepts into statements that can be used to guide our daily efforts to focus on student success, and our regional and global position.

    In short, these extensions of our strategic concepts define what makes us special.

    Purpose (Why do we do what we do?)
    The simplest and most idealistic answer is that our purpose is to transform the world by transforming lives.

    Our Core Values (How do we behave?)

    • Grit
    • Humility
    • Heart

    Aspirational Value (We commit to making this as pervasive as our core values)
    Diversity and inclusion of people and ideas

    "Permission to Play" Values (These are the expectations of membership in our academic community)
    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 indispensable to the social, cultural, and economic advancement of Moorhead and the surrounding region.

    About Dr. Anne Blackhurst

    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.

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