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Peggy Kennedy appointed President of M State

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees appointed Peggy Kennedy as president of Minnesota State Community and Technical College on Wednesday, according to a press release sent to the Pioneer Journal. The college has campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena.

Kennedy has served as interim president of the college since July 1, 2011, according to the release. Previously, she served as a vice president of academic affairs and student development and dean for business and general education programs at Saint Paul College.

The release also said Kennedy holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and a master's degree in business education and an Ed.D. in educational policy and administration, both from the University of Minnesota.

Chancellor Steven Rosenstone recommended Kennedy's appointment as president, the release said.

"Since serving as interim president, Peggy Kennedy has done an exceptional job of leading the college. She is deeply engaged in creating an extraordinary education for students, and is committed to uniting the campuses to work together on behalf of Minnesota State Community and Technical College students and communities."

Trustee Clarence Hightower, who chairs the board's Human Resources Committee, also has faith in Kennedy.

"Minnesota State Community and Technical College plays a vital role in the growth and development of the communities it serves. Under President Kennedy's leadership, we can expect the college to continue advancing its mission and enhancing the lives of the people it touches," Hightower said.

Kennedy is enthusiastic about the opportunity.

"I am truly honored to be appointed president at Minnesota State Community and Technical College," she said. "I look forward to continuing to work with the students, faculty, staff and communities in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena."

Kennedy's appointment took effect Thursday.