Senior University Administration
The President of St. Cloud State University is Dr. Roy Saigo. Senior leadership includes four vice presidents: Dr. Michael Spitzer, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Steve Ludwig, Vice President for Administrative Affairs; Dr. Wanda Overland, Vice President for Student Life and Development, and Jill Rudnitski, Vice President for University Advancement. The Athletics Director, Dr. Morris Kurtz, also reports directly to the president. Other members of the president’s cabinet who are part of the president’s office are Nancy Jesse, J.D., Interim Special Advisor to the President; Dr. Susan Moss, Director of Affirmative Action; Nancy Jessee, J.D., Special Assistant to the President – Lead Investigator and Designated Officer/Discrimination Investigations; Bernie Omann, University Relations Director; and Lisa Foss, Interim Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness.
The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs directly oversees nine deans and five other administrators. Two administrators provide staff support: the Associate Vice President for Curriculum, who oversees the University Assessment Office, and the Assistant Vice President for Faculty Relations, who oversees the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE). Three other administrators supervise operating units. The Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management is responsible for the Office of Admissions and the Office of Records and Registration. The Associate Vice President for International Studies administers the Center for International Studies, which has responsibility for international students and study abroad programs. The Assistant Vice President for Research and Faculty Development administers the Office of Sponsored Programs.
Colleges and College-level Units
The nine colleges and college-level units whose deans report to the provost are:
The College of Education (COE), whose Dean is Dr. Kate Steffens, has seven departments:
- Child and Family Studies
- Counselor Education and Educational Psychology
- Educational Leadership and Community Psychology
- Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sport Science
- Human Relations and Multicultural Education
- Special Education
- Teacher Development
The college, jointly with Learning Resources and Technology Services, oversees the Center for Information Media, which offers several degree programs. Other units within the college are the Office of Clinical Experiences, Office of Cultural Diversity, Office of Assessment and Accreditation, and the Special Projects and Applied Research Center.
The College of Fine Arts and Humanities (COFAH), whose Dean is Dr. Roland Specht-Jarvis, has nine departments:
- Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Communication Studies
- Foreign Languages and Literature
- Mass Communications
- Theatre, Film Studies, and Dance
The College of Science and Engineering (COSE), whose Dean is Dr. David DeGroote, has 12 departments:
- Biological Sciences
- Computer Science
- Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Environmental and Technological Studies
- Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
- Nursing Science
- Physics, Astronomy and Engineering Science
- Statistics and Computer Networking.
The College of Social Sciences (COSS), whose Interim Dean is Dr. Sharon Cogdill, has 10 departments:
- Community Studies
- Criminal Justice
- Ethnic Studies
- Political Science
- Social Work
- Sociology and Anthropology.
The college also has the following centers: Center for Economic Education, Central Minnesota Historical Center, Computer Assisted Telephone Interview Research Lab, Philip L. Tideman Cartographic Center, Minnesota Economic Development Center, Social Science Research Institute, and the Spatial Analysis Research Center.
The G.R. Herberger College of Business (HCOB), whose Dean is Dr. Diana Lawson, has five departments:
- Business Computers and Information Systems
- Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (FIRE)
- Marketing and Business Law
The college also operates the Information Systems Research Center,
The Center for Continuing Studies (CS), whose Dean is Dr. John Burgeson, administers credit and non-credit instruction offered evenings, weekends, off-campus, or online. Activities also include customized training for businesses and college-level courses for high school students at the students’ schools. The center is responsible for several non-disciplinary, undergraduate degree-programs, and it administers the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center.
Learning Resources and Technology Services (LRTS), whose Dean is Dr. Kristi Tornquist, administers the library, provides technology services for the university, and collaborates with the College of Education in offering several library and technology-based degree programs in the Center for Information Media.
The School of Graduate Studies (SGS), whose Dean is Dr. Dennis Nunes, provides leadership and coordination for graduate education. The School has no faculty or academic departments, but is responsible for two non-disciplinary programs, the M.A. and the M.S. in Special Studies. The dean also administers the university’s summer session.
The Division of Undergraduate Studies (US), whose Dean is Dr. Mark Nook, is responsible for academic support services for undergraduate students, including the Academic Learning Center, Advising Center, Community College Connection Program, First Year Experience Program, Honors Program, and the New Student Advising and Registration Program. It also administers the General Studies Program, which provides support for students who do not meet our typical admission standards.
The Vice President for Administrative Affairs heads the Office of Administrative Affairs, and has responsibility for finance, operations, facilities, public safety, and human resources. Eight directors responsible for the following areas also report directly to the vice president:
- Buildings and Grounds
- Dining Services
- Human Resources
- Information Systems
- Printing Services
- Public Safety
- Scholarships and Financial Aid.
The Associate Vice President for Administrative Affairs, who reports to the vice president, is responsible for finance and budget and supervises two other directors: Business Services and the Husky Bookstore.
Student Life and Development
The Vice President for Student Life and Development is responsible for 15 programs and services to support the educational, social, cultural, and recreational needs of students. Student Life and Development has the following units:
- American Indian Center
- Atwood Memorial Center
- Campus Recreation
- Career Services
- Center for Student Organizations and Leadership Development
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgender Services
- Lindgren Child Care Center
- Multicultural Student Services
- Residential Life
- Student Disability Services
- Student Health Services
- University Programming
- Volunteer Connection
- Women’s Center
The Associate Vice President is responsible for administering student discipline and the code of student conduct. The vice president’s office also coordinates activities of the Student Legal Services attorney, whom Student Government hires, and the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Coordinator, which is housed at the university.
The Vice President for University Advancement is responsible for development, alumni affairs, communications, and marketing. The Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni oversees the St. Cloud State University Alumni Association and the St. Cloud State University Foundation. The Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing, through the Office of University Communications, oversees internal and external communications, media relations, and KVSC Radio, which is a public, educational radio station licensed to St. Cloud State University.
Employee Bargaining Units
In accordance with state law, the Public Employee Labor Relations Act (PELRA), St. Cloud State University has a well established history of collective bargaining within a traditional governance structure of departments, colleges, and administrative units. Employees of the university, except for excluded administrators and confidential employees, belong to one of nine bargaining units affiliated with statewide collective bargaining representatives. Each bargaining unit has a contract that states terms and conditions of employment. The university administration and representatives of the bargaining units regularly meet and confer on matters of mutual concern or issues that the contracts do not definitively address.
The St. Cloud State University Faculty Association (FA) is the body that represents the faculty in university affairs. The FA organizes the Faculty Senate, whose members include officers of the FA and representatives from each academic department. Standing committees of the FA consist of the following: Academic Affairs Committee, Admission and Retention Committee, Budget Review Committee, Committee on the Institution, Constitutional Review Committee, Elections Committee, Faculty Research Grants Committee, General Education Committee, Government Relations Committee, Graduate Committee, Grievance Committee, International Studies Committee, Master Agreement Goals Committee, Membership Committee, Professional Development Committee, Technology and Pedagogical Resources Committee, and the University Curriculum Committee. The FA also appoints faculty representatives to university-wide committees and other entities.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) represents the student body, votes on allocation of funds for student organizations and activities, and advises the administration on matters of interest to students. The association is affiliated with the Minnesota State University Student Association, which is a state-wide organization of students attending the Minnesota State Universities. Opportunity for students to participate in institutional governance is a longstanding feature at the university as well as a requirement under Board of Trustees Policy 2.3.
The university has several committees and other bodies that address university-wide issues. Each body has appropriate representation from faculty, students, administrators, and other staff. Committees and other bodies that deal with matters of ongoing operations or interest are as follows: Applied Research, Assessment Steering, Atwood Center Council, Bookstore Funding, Cultural Diversity, Division of General Studies (DGS) Advisory, Enrollment Management, Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence Advisory, First Year Experience Advisory, Health Promotion, Honorary Doctorate, Honors Program Faculty Advisory, Institutional Review Board for Protection of Human Subjects, Intercollegiate Athletics, International Student Services, Parking Appeals, Resource 25, Safety, Service-Learning Advisory, Strategic Planning, and University Archives. Other ad hoc or informal bodies form as circumstances warrant.