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Update: Duran named new Southeast Tech president

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Dorothy Duran has been named the new president of Minnesota State College–Southeast Technical.

Duran, who was announced at Wednesday’s Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees meeting, will take over July 1 for retiring President Jim Johnson.

“It’s so exciting. I am so thrilled to be here because I share in your vision,” Duran said to a room of faculty, staff and students at the Red Wing campus Thursday afternoon.

Duran visited both the Winona and Red Wing campuses of Southeast Technical Thursday.

Johnson said the partnerships the college has within the community have been instrumental in the success of the college, and Duran will be a great leader fostering those relationships as they move forward.

“Those are the things we have to do in order to thrive,” Johnson said.

Duran said she felt at home immediately when she first visited Southeast Technical and she’s excited to move to the area and continue the work Johnson has done for so many years.

“I can only hope to build on the legacy he’s built here,” she said.

Cheryl Dickson, MnSCU Board of Trustees member, introduced Duran in Red Wing and said Duran is committed to the community.

“We think she’s going to be quite wonderful,” Dickson said.

Most recently Duran served as vice president for academic affairs at Iowa Western Community College — since 2006.

“Dr. Duran is committed to excellence and student success,” said MnSCU chancellor Steven Rosenstone as he gave his recommendation to the Board of Trustees. “She has a track record of fostering a culture of trust and collabortation and will be a generous partner with business, industry, the public schools and the communities the college serves. She will be a strong, decisive and effective leader for Southeast Tech.”

Duran previously held the position of dean/director of the El Rito campus of Northern New Mexico College from 1998 to 2006 and was at Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute from 1988 to 1996.

She has a bachelor’s degree in English and sociology, a master’s degree in educational foundations from the University of New Mexico and a doctorate in education administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

“I am tremendously honored to be named president of this outstanding college,” Duran said at the Board of Trustees meeting. “I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students and the Winona and Red Wing communities to build upon the college’s 65-year record of innovation and collaboration, and to lead Southeast Tech to new levels of excellence.” 

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnRyanRussett


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