Embattled college presidents who step down get jobs in Minnesota State system’s central office

The practice is raising questions about how the state college system handles presidential misconduct.

A Hennepin Technical College president who was accused of harassing and discriminating against employees.

A St. Paul College president who was accused of a leadership style “grounded in fear and intimidation.”

A Rochester Community and Technical College president who was criticized for spending $10,000 on a ceremonial mace and chain for her inauguration when the school was facing a projected $2 million deficit.

All three embattled community college presidents stepped down while under heavy scrutiny. And all three were appointed to high-paying administrative jobs in the Minnesota State colleges and universities system’s central office immediately after. The practice has raised questions about whether the state college system takes allegations of presidential misconduct seriously.

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