Connie Gores is off to her first presidency.
Winona State University’s vice president for student life and development was chosen Tuesday as the next leader of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system board of trustees approved the appointment at its Tuesday morning meeting.
“Connie’s track record has been truly impressive,” said MnSCU chancellor Steven Rosenstone in a statement. “Under her leadership, Winona State University improved academic quality and has boosted retention and graduation rates to record levels. Her upbringing in rural and agricultural communities will serve her well in driving the mission and vision of Southwest Minnesota State.”
Gores has served at Winona State University since 2007 and as the interim president in summer 2012. She will be the first female president at Southwest Minnesota State, the youngest four-year institution in the MnSCU system. Plans call for her to begin her term July 1.
Gores’ departure is the second administration change this week at WSU. The university announced Monday that Scott Ellinghuysen, the interim vice president for finance and administration, has been appointed permanently.
Ellinghuysen has been at WSU since 1989, has been the chief financial officer since 2000 and has held the interim finance and administration position twice.
“I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Scott over the past seven months, and I’ve seen what he can do up close,” said WSU President Scott Olson in a statement. “What I’ve heard from the campus and greater community mirrors what I’ve seen firsthand, that he’s the ideal choice for the position.”