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On Monday, Winona State University Vice President for Advancement Ron Dempsey was tapped to serve as the next president of Oakland City University in Indiana. 

Ron Dempsey

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But Dempsey is far from the first member of the Winona State administration to go on to fill the leading role at other colleges and universities, both in Minnesota and in other states. Here's a list of some others who came before him: 

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Pat Rogers, president of Lake Superior College, a Minnesota State school in Duluth. Rogers was the provost at Winona State before leaving for her new post earlier this year. 

James Schmidt

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Jim Schmidt, chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Schmidt served as Winona State's vice president for university advancement for 15 years before leaving for Eau Claire in 2013. 

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Craig Johnson, president of Ridgewater College in Willmar and Hutchinson, once served as the director of Winona State University-Rochester. 

Craig Johnson, president at Ridgewater College. After serving as director of WSU-Rochester until 2014, Johnson completed a four-year stint leading a university research center in South Dakota before accepting the presidency at Ridgewater, a Minnesota State school in Willmar and Hutchinson. 

Connie Gores

Connie Gores, now serving as the president of Southwest Minnesota State University, previously was vice president of student life and development at Winona State.

Connie Gores, president at Southwest Minnesota State University. Gores was the vice president for student life and development from 2007 to 2013, also serving for a short while as interim president of the university before current president Scott Olson took on the role. 

Troy Paino

Troy Paino was previously the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Winona State before moving on to a presidency at a Missouri university and to his current role at the University of Mary Washington.

Troy Paino, president of the University of Mary Washington. After his time as dean of Winona State's College of Liberal Arts, he served as president of Truman State University in Missouri before heading to Fredericksburg, Va., for his current position in 2016. 

Darrell Krueger

Former WSU president Darrell Krueger led the university from 1989 to 2005, after which he served as interim president at Truman State University. WSU's campus library is now named after him. 

Darrell Krueger, former interim president at Truman State University. Krueger was Winona State's president from 1989 to 2005, after which he served briefly as interim president at the Missouri school in 2008. Before his time in Winona, Krueger spent 16 years at Truman State as dean of instruction and vice president for academic affairs. Winona State's campus library is now named after the former president.

Joe Gow

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Joe Gow, chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Before his role on the other side of the Mississippi River, Gow served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Winona State and also was provost and interim president of Nebraska Wesleyan University. He began at UW-La Crosse in 2007.

Doug Sweetland

Doug Sweetland, former dean and vice president of Winona State University, served as president of Southwest Minnesota State University until 2005. 

Doug Sweetland, former president at Southwest Minnesota State University. Sweetland was president of the Minnesota State campus from 1994 to 2000, after serving as vice president and dean at Winona State. He died in 2009. 

Dennis Nielsen

Dennis Nielsen served several leadership roles at Winona State University, including vice president of academic affairs, before his tenure as interim president at two other Minnesota State schools. 

Dennis Nielsen, former interim president at Metropolitan State University and Southwest Minnesota State University. Before his interim presidencies at the Minnesota State schools, Nielsen served as dean of the College of Science and Engineering, interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and vice president for academic affairs at Winona State. He left WSU in 1998.

Charles Sorenson

Charles Sorenson was the longest-serving chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Prior to his time there, he was vice president for academic affairs at Winona State University. 

Charles "Chuck" Sorenson, former chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The longest-serving chancellor of UW-Stout, Sorenson led the university from 1988 to 2014. Before his service in Menomonie, Wis., Sorenson was the vice president for academic affairs at Winona State. He passed away in 2018. 

Editor's note: This list is not exhaustive. 

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Madeline Heim covers K-12 & higher education in Winona. A 2018 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she previously interned at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and the suburban community arm of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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