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MSC Southeast President Duran resigns

Minnesota State College Southeast Technical President Dorothy Duran announced Thursday, Dec. 14, that she plans to resign her position effective Jan. 8, 2018.

Duran has been in the role since July 1, 2014. During that time she oversaw a major update to the college's mission, broadening focus to include its historic technical programs and a new Associate of Arts degree. This involved a change to the college's name and identity of the school, which spans two campuses in Red Wing and Winona.

Her announcement came as a surprise to many, and the details behind Duran's abrupt departure are unknown.

The college has announced that Vice President of Finance and Administration Mike Kroening will serve as acting president, effective Jan. 8, 2018, until an interim president can be found.

"(Duran) is committed to student success and has tirelessly shared the Minnesota State College Southeast story with community, business and civic organizations throughout the region," interim chancellor Devinder Malhotra said.

Malhotra added that, given the timing of Duran's departure, he plans to recommend an interim president to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board during trustees' late January meeting. He has already launched a call for nominations and hopes to have a new, permanently appointed president for the college within 18 months.