Finalists named for Minnesota State chancellor

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota State named three finalists Monday to replace Steven Rosenstone as chancellor of the state's largest system of colleges and universities.Rosenstone, 65, announced last April that he would retire this summer. Previously a col...

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota State named three finalists Monday to replace Steven Rosenstone as chancellor of the state’s largest system of colleges and universities.
Rosenstone, 65, announced last April that he would retire this summer. Previously a college dean and vice president at the University of Minnesota, he has led Minnesota State (formerly MnSCU) since 2011.
The finalists are Michael Martin, chancellor emeritus for the Colorado State University System; Keith Miller, past president of Virginia State University; and Cathy Sandeen, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges.
Michael Martin
Martin, 70, spent less than three years as chancellor of the 40,000-student Colorado State University System, which has a land-grant university, a federally designated Hispanic-serving university and an online campus.
He moved into a more limited role with the system in February 2015, saying it was time to “wind down my long career in higher education.”
His $305,000 annual contract as that system’s chancellor emeritus runs out in April 2017, according to the Coloradoan newspaper. He called the emeritus role as the “last hurrah for my career.”
Martin previously was Louisiana State University’s chancellor and president of New Mexico State University.
A Crosby, Minn., native, he has also worked for the University of Minnesota, including as a vice president and dean of the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences.
Martin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a doctorate in applied economics from the University of Minnesota.
Keith Miller
Miller, 62, was president of the overwhelmingly white Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania for six years before taking the same position at Virginia State, a historically black university.
He spent four years there but resigned under pressure in 2014 after enrollment came in 10 percent below budget.
He previously was provost and vice chancellor for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and business school dean at Niagara University.
Miller holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Arizona.
He recently has worked as a consultant and was a finalist last fall for president of Utah State University.
Cathy Sandeen
Sandeen, 61, has been in charge of Wisconsin’s 13 two-year colleges and extension programs since December 2014.
She spent two years as a vice president with the American Council on Education and six as the University of California Los Angeles’ dean of continuing education and UCLA extension. She was vice provost at UC-Santa Cruz and held multiple positions over a decade with UC-San Francisco.
Sandeen holds a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University, master’s degrees from San Francisco State and UCLA and a doctoral degree in communications from Utah.
Her sister Sharon Sandeen is a professor at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul.
Vote Thursday
In 2011, when trustees appointed Rosenstone, they had just two finalists to choose from. This time, the contract with Storbeck / Pimentel & Associates requires the Pennsylvania search firm to look again if they can’t find at least three qualified finalists.
The firm will get as much as $130,000, depending on the chancellor’s first-year compensation, plus up to $40,000 in reimbursements for travel and advertising.
In addition to interviews with college and university presidents and members of the chancellor’s cabinet, the finalists will spend time socializing Tuesday at the Minnesota State offices in Wells Fargo Place, 30 E. Seventh St. in downtown St. Paul. Formal interviews are Wednesday, and trustees will vote on their selection Thursday.
The public schedule is as follows:

  • Socializing on Tuesday in conference room 3304 with Martin 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Miller 1 to 2:15 p.m. and Sandeen 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
  • Interviews and an employee forum on Wednesday in conference room 3304-3306 with Martin 9:15 to 10:30 a.m., Miller 10:45 a.m. to noon and Sandeen 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
  • Special board meeting to select the new chancellor at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the fourth floor McCormick Room.

The new chancellor is to start Aug. 1. Minnesota State’s 30 colleges and seven universities serve almost 400,000 students.

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