Minnesota State Colleges & Universities System announces Board Appointments
Aug 22 14
Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed six people to the board of trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities System. Jay Cowles, managing director of Lawrence Creek. He has served on numerous civic groups, including the St. Paul Foundation and the Minneapolis Downtown Council. Louise Sundin, executive vice president of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, reappointed for a second six-year year term. She has served since 2008. Erma Vizenor, chairwoman of the White Earth Reservation, who has had a career in education. The two student members, who were appointed for two-year terms, are: Kelly Carpentier-Berg, of Coon Rapids, a psychology student at Anoka Technical College and Metro State University. Maleah Otterson, of Chanhassen, a student at Normandale Community College.
Faculty Union Reaches Tentative Agreement with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System
Jul 31 14
More than a year after their contract expired, faculty union leaders have reached a tentative agreement with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. Although no details have been released publicly, the Inter Faculty Organization, which represents some 4,000 faculty members at seven Minnesota state universities. The agreement, if approved, would cap a contentious year of negotiations between the faculty union and MnSCU, the umbrella organization for all two-year and four-year state colleges other than the University of Minnesota. Just last month, faculty union leaders were threatening a vote of no confidence in the chancellor, Steven Rosenstone, in part because of their frustration over a lack of progress in the contract talks. To take effect, the agreement must be approved by a majority of the union's members and a majority of the seven campuses. The voting details are still being worked out. In June, MnSCU reached a contract agreement with its other faculty union, the Minnesota State College Faculty, which represents more than 5,000 instructors at the state's two-year colleges. Both union contracts had expired in June 2013.