MSUM Picks Anne Blackhurst as New President

Anne Blackhurst

NDSU’s neighbor across the river picked its new leader on Wednesday.

Anne Blackhurst will be MSUM’s next president and will take over for the 2014-2015 school year after Edna Mora Szymanski, the current president, retires on June 30.

Blackhurst was selected by a recommendation from a presidential search committee that interviewed a host of candidates for the position. She currently serves as the university’s provost and the senior vice president of academic affairs, a position she has held since 2011.

The 15-member Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation and unanimously voted to appoint Blackhurst as the campus’ new president.

The details of the compensation package for Blackhurst were not immediately available, but in 2013 Mora Szymanski made $224,974, according to state salary data.

Blackhurst becomes the university’s 11th president and only the 2nd female president of the institution that serves about 7,000 students.

The new president will be introduced to the MSUM community on Monday in the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom.

NDSU is also conducting a search for a top leader at its campus. Three candidates are vying for the provost position at NDSU, with an announcement expected to come sometime later this month or in early May.


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