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Gores named president at SMSU in Marshall, Minn.

MARSHALL — The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system today appointed Connie J. Gores to be the next president of Southwest Minnesota State University.

According to a news release issued by SMSU, Gores has served at Winona State University since 2007 as the vice president for student life and development and as interim president during the summer 2012.

Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor, said, “Connie’s track record has been truly impressive. Under her leadership, Winona State University improved academic quality and has boosted retention and graduation rates to record levels. Her upbringing in rural and agricultural communities will serve her well in driving the mission and vision of Southwest Minnesota State.”

Gores will be introduced to the SMSU and Greater Marshall communities at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Conference Center Ballroom. She will begin her duties in July 2013.

Gores brings considerable experience in higher education administration and student services from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Cornish College of the Arts and Willamette University College of Law. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from North Dakota State University, a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Colorado State University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Higher Education Administration from the University of Washington.

Gores said, “I am tremendously honored to be selected for this role, and I look forward to working closely with the faculty, staff, and students to further the strong academics, fulfilling social opportunities and commitment to student support that this outstanding university has to offer, as well as meeting the needs of communities in southwestern Minnesota.”