Welcome, Chancellor Rosenstone!

Steven RosenstonePlease join MCTC in welcoming Steven Rosenstone as the new chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, beginning August 1. Read the Office of the Chancellor’s media release.

Recent interviews and speeches:

Chancellor Rosenstone’s Biography

Steven Rosenstone has had a distinguished career in higher education beginning with his summa cum laude B.A. degree from Washington University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He was professor of political science at Yale University until 1986 when he joined to the University of Michigan to serve as professor of political science and program director in the Center for Political Studies. He is the author of Who Votes?; Mobilization, Participation, and Democracy in America; Third Parties in America: Citizen Response to Major Party Failure; Hispanic Political Participation; Forecasting Presidential Elections; and numerous scholarly articles on elections and political participation. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Recruited to the University of Minnesota in 1996 to serve as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Rosenstone earned a reputation as a visionary and effective leader. Under his leadership, the college transformed the undergraduate experience; dramatically increased the quality, diversity, and success of its students; forged new partnerships with Minnesota businesses and cultural institutions; and created new, state-of-the-art facilities and interdisciplinary centers. Over the years, he led system-wide initiatives on scholarships, access to higher education, long-term financial strategy, e-education, and student success. In recognition of his service to the University of Minnesota, he was awarded the McKnight Presidential Leadership Chair in 2004 and was promoted to Vice President for Scholarly and Cultural Affairs in 2007.

Named Chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges & Universities in February 2011 by the Board of Trustees, Rosenstone began his term in August 2011. As chancellor, Rosenstone is responsible for leading the seven state universities and twenty-five community and technical colleges that serve over 400,000 students in fifty-four communities across the state.

Rosenstone serves on: the State of Minnesota Higher Education Advisory Council; the Governor’s Workforce Development Council; the Minnesota P-20 Education Partnership; the Midwestern Higher Education Compact; the Itasca Project; the Board of Directors of the Guthrie Theater; and the Governing Board for Minnesota Compass. A nationally recognized expert on the issues facing higher education, Rosenstone’s writings include: “The Idea of a University,” in The Public Research University: Serving the Public Good in New Times; and “Challenges Facing Higher Education in America: Lessons and Opportunities,” in Taking Public Universities Seriously.

Rosenstone is married to Maria Antonia Calvo, a Ph.D. in political science from Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain), who is an adjunct associate professor of Spanish at the University of Minnesota. They have three spectacular children – a 17-year-old son who is a high school senior; a 19-year-old daughter who studies cello in a conservatory; and a 24-year-old daughter who is in her second year of medical school in Spain.

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