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Minnesota State System Chancellor Finalists

Minnesota State has announced two finalists under consideration to become the next Chancellor of the system. The finalists are Tonja Johnson and Scott Olson.

Johnson has served the University of Alabama System since 2019 as senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.

Olson has served as president of Winona State University (MN) since 2012.

The finalists are scheduled to visit Minnesota State today and Thursday (April 26 and 27) for interviews with select members of the Board of Trustees, the college and university presidents, and members of the chancellor’s cabinet.

Each candidate will also participate in an open forum that will be available to all Minnesota State faculty, staff, and students via Zoom.

The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will review feedback received from interview participants and is expected to appoint the chancellor during a special meeting on Tuesday, May 9.

The new chancellor’s term will begin August 1. Current Chancellor, Devinder Malhotra, is retiring at the end of his current contract.

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