Office of the President
He believes everyone needs to have a sense of belonging. All students have an equal opportunity to succeed.
President Dr. Tim Downs
President Downs is the 12th president of MSUM and can be seen walking across campus in his signature red tennis shoes.
Dr. Tim Downs became the 12th president of Minnesota State University Moorhead on July 1, 2023. President Downs has more than 35 years of higher education experience, including progressively successful experience in academic leadership roles. He was president at Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D., from 2016-2021. Before being named MSUM president, he was the Chief of Staff at California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt Dr. Downs is an ardent advocate for the liberal arts, a champion of professional and faculty development, and a staunch proponent for diversity and equity in higher education and society. As an educator, Dr. Downs is dedicated to creating and sustaining learning communities that prepare students for successful careers and rewarding lives. He and his wife, Mary, enjoy being part of campus life and interacting with students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. You will also see President Downs walking across campus in his signature red tennis shoes as he welcomes the opportunity to visit with students and employees.