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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Crookston updates

Crookston welcomes new chancellor
Dr. Holz-Clause was named as the new University of Minnesota Crookston chancellor effective June 30, 2017. Dr. Holz-Clause's appointment was brought forward for final approval at the May 12, 2017 Board of Regents meeting.

Dr. Holz-Clause comes to UMC from California State Polytechnic (Cal Poly) University Pomona, where she has served since 2014 as dean of the Huntley College of Agriculture and a tenured professor in the Department of Agricultural Business Management and Agriculture Science. Before Cal Poly Pomona, Holz-Clause was the vice president for economic development at the University of Connecticut. This position at UMC marks a return to the Midwest for Holz-Clause, who has spent much of her life in Iowa--mostly at Iowa State University in Ames. After earning her BS in agriculture business, a master's in public administration and a PhD in agriculture education and extension, Holz-Clause spent 25 years working at her alma mater.

Class of 2017 commencement
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler addressed the Class of 2017 during commencement exercises on May 6th. This year's commencement marks the close of a year-long recognition of the 50th anniversary of the campus as an institution of higher education.

Study Minnesota Delegation

University of Minnesota Crookston Director of Admissions Michelle Christopherson was part of the 12 member Study Minnesota Delegation who had a very successful trip to multiple embassies in Washington D.C. during cherry blossom season. The delegation met with high-level diplomats and strengthened relationships with Thailand, Colombia, Mexico, Indonesia and also with Education USA, US Department of State, Partners of the Americas, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Senator Al Franken. The visits, along with a recent trip to Ukraine, are all a part of international student recruitment efforts.

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