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Charles H. Casey is a distinguished veterinarian and administrator with a strong rural background and an understanding of the challenges facing rural Minnesota. He holds a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Minnesota. Prior to his appointment as chancellor, he served as dean and director of the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
Early in his career, Dr. Casey served as a captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. Following his military service, he worked for 27 years as a practitioner in rural veterinary medicine and was a partner in the Dodge Veterinary Clinic in West Concord and Dodge Center, Minnesota. In 1992, he was named the director of Veterinary Outreach Programs in the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine, designing programs to connect the research and academic resources of the University with the needs of veterinarians, farmers, and businesses throughout Minnesota.
In 1968, he was elected to the West Concord Board of Education, a post he held until 1980. During that time, he served as chair, clerk, and treasurer. From 1979 to 1991, Dr. Casey was appointed to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and from 1989-1991 served as chair. He was the vice chair of the North Central Extension Directors, as well as serving on the University of Minnesota Foundation Board, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute Advisory Board, and the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development Board.
Dr. Casey has held leadership roles in many organizations including the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and the Organizational Audit Task Force for the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Casey is a member of Phi Zeta Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture. Among Dr. Casey’s awards are the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota, Director’s Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Extension Service, Torch & Shield Award from the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and he was named Minnesota Veterinarian of the Year in 1984. He was the recipient of the Honorary State Future Farmers of America Degree and the Friend of 4-H Award.
Dr. Casey began his appointment as chancellor at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on September 12, 2005 and retired on July 2, 2012. Dr. Casey has three children, Shannon, Heather, and David and three grandchildren, Maggie, Griffin, and Reid. He and his wife, Barbara Muesing, enjoy traveling especially to see family. They have made frequent trips to Alaska where his son, daughter in-law, and their children live. Another favorite place to visit is Mexico, and they hope to travel to Australia and New Zealand in the future. They also plan to make a return visit to Ireland.
Josephy Massey, Ph.D., came to UMC in July 2004 as vice chancellor for academic affairs and was appointed chief executive officer in November 2004 where he served until September 2005. He returned to academic affairs as senior vice chancellor and dean to provide leadership and direction. Along with Charles Muscoplat, Ph.D., Dean at the College of Agricultural , Food , & Environmental Science at the University of Minnesota , Massey chaired the strategic positioning task force that will help shape the future of UMC.
Velmer Burton served as chancellor from June 2003 - October 2004. During his tenure as chancellor, the Crookston campus developed proposals for several new programs that address emerging workforce needs of Minnesota (communication, computer software technology, health science degrees). UMC received approval from the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to offer new bachelor of science degrees in two areas: communication and computer software technology.
1985-2003: Donald Sargeant, Chancellor
1965-1985: Stanley D. Sahlstrom, Director
For his leadership and support of the campus and the region, Sahlstrom was presented the Torch & Shield Award (1986), the highest honor bestowed by the University of Minnesota, Crookston and the Northwest Research and Outreach Center. He was also inducted into the Golden Eagle Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Memories of Stanley D. Sahlstrom (1921 - 2008)
I am saddened to hear the news. I was a graduate from UMC in 1981 and my son will be starting at UMC this fall. Stanley was GREAT! I was so impressed that he could remember my name out of all the students and he could waltz great too. He and I would shake a leg at UMC events. Always smiling...
With fondest memories,
Dr. Sahlstrom was a very fine man and contirbuted so much to the school and the community. I have many fond memories of him growing up in Crookston and attending UMC. He and my father were very good friends. He will be missed.
I had an opportunity to meet and to know Dr. Sahlstrom when he first arrived at NWSA. He always made folks like me feel important, even for those few times I would run into him many years after graduating from high school. He was a #1 "Charmer" - and loved the U of M, Crookston. He always had season sports tickets in his pocket to hand out to alumni. What a guy!!
Like you, I feel a bit sad today upon hearing of his death.
1956-1965: B.E. Youngquist, Superintendent
1937-1956: T.M. McCall, Superintendent
1927-1937: Austin Dowell, Superintendent
1910-1927: Conrad G. Selvig, Superintendent
|1906-1910: William Robertson, Superintendent |
William Robertson was the first NWSA superintendent, he was with the station-school until his death in January 1910. He established the curriculum of academic and vocational training for the new school. He secured staff and faculty to implement the school's programs.