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University of Minnesota Seeks New Crookston
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

A national search is underway for a new Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Current University of Minnesota Crookston Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Thomas Baldwin, announced his intention to retire. Consequently, a national search has been launched for a new vice chancellor of the Crookston campus.



Search Update - Dr. Barbara Keinath selected to serve as UMC's new Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

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UMC Community, 

I am very pleased to announce that Barbara J. Keinath, Ph.D., has accepted my offer to serve as vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Minnesota Crookston. As you may know, we had two outstanding candidates for this position, and I am confident that Dr. Keinath will be an excellent addition to UMC’s leadership team. I sincerely believe she has the experience, skills, and passion to make her an excellent fit for this position and our campus. Barbara will begin her new responsibilities on Monday, July 1. When you see her on campus, please welcome her to our UMC community.

Barbara holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a focus on higher education and policy from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in College Student Personnel from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in German also from Michigan State. She has served as vice provost and dean of graduate studies and, prior to that, as director of online learning at Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities. She also has strong teaching experience, having served as a professor of management at Metropolitan State. Her CV is available online PDF Icon.

I want to offer my thanks to the members of the search committee for their excellent work: Co-Chars Bill Peterson and Carol Carrier, Michelle Christopherson, Brian Dingmann, George French, Kim Gillette, Kenneth Johnson, Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson, Denis Maier, Peter Phaiah, Dan Svedarsky, Adam Switzer, Kristie Walker, and Lyle Westrom. These individuals gave a great deal of time and energy to ensure good candidates for this important search. These individuals also worked hard to make each candidate feel welcome and to showcase UMC and the Crookston community to be the attractive place that we all know it is. When you see any of them, please thank them. Their hard work and persistence were extremely important to this very successful conclusion.        


Chancellor Fred Wood


Dr. Keinath's Open Forum Video: View now



Search Committee

Bill Peterson, Professor of Math, Science & Technology at UMC, and Carol Carrier, Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration and Professor of Organizational Learning, Policy, and Development, will co-chair the search. Other members of the search committee were selected to provide broad representation from across the University and externally:




Applications and Nominations

Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit applications and nominations for this position. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
1111 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 106
Monterey Park, CA 91754
323-260-7889 (fax)
Refer to code “UMC-Vice Chancellor” in the subject line

If you have questions, or would like more information about the position, search process, or application or nomination procedures, please feel free to contact search committee co-chair Bill Peterson ( for assistance.





Position Description,
Qualifications & Procedures

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U of M, Crookston Compact
Planning Document for FY 2014
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