Educational Leadership and Higher Education

Student Highlights

These outstanding students and alumni offer a snapshot of our students in our Educational Leadership and Higher Education programs. Click on video or detail links to learn more about them.

Higher Education Administration

Dr. Kasey Uran-Linde

Dr. Kasey Uran-Linde

Professor/Academic Support Services
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"What drew me to the program is the unique focus on Higher Education and applicability of the coursework ... to my administrative position."

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Anthony Goettl

Anthony Goettl

Career Development Program Manager
Northwestern Health Sciences University


"Not many programs are 100% online and so catered to working professionals. Throw in no GRE and an award-winning faculty, there's really no reason to go anywhere else."

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Britta Meints

Britta Meints

Guest Housing and Special Programming Coordinator
Grinnell College

“I chose SCSU because of the online format, cost, and flexibility. They also offer online assistantships, which has allowed me to grow as a professional."

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Robin Renucci

Robin Renucci

Licensed Professional Counselor
BetterHelp

"The asynchronous format enables me to participate from any location, giving me peace of mind to know that my progress in the program can continue uninterrupted no matter where I live."

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Tracy Stokes

Tracy Stokes

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Gateway Community and Technical College

"Choosing a graduate school is incredibly personal. And with each new skill I learn, I am glad I chose this one."

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Charlotte Wahle

Charlotte Wahle

Admissions Counselor
Southwest Minnesota State University


"I was looking for a school with a fully online HIED program because that's what fit best with my professional and personal life."

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Educational Administration & Leadership

Dr. Gwen Rosha Anderson

Dr. Gwen Rosha Anderson

Principal
Stride Academy

"The support of the instructors truly help you grow as a leader"

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Rochelle Dyer

Rochelle Dyer

Social Studies Education Director
St. Cloud State University

"The strength of the program is the discussions and real life experiences faculty bring"

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Tracy Hare

Tracy Hare

Instructional Coach
St. Cloud Area Schools


"Not only was the program content thorough, but also succinct and efficient within the options of individualized plans of study.  The flexibility of the program is a good fit for any family-centered lifestyle."

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Molly Kensy

Molly Kensy

Assistant Principal
Tech High School in St. Cloud

"The professors care about their students"

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Nathan Schwieters

Nathan Schwieters

Assistant Principal and Activities Director
Stride Academy

"Being able to go over ideas and thoughts on how we would solve situations and giving us a real life experience to go forward in our career"

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Brittany Schoephoerster

Brittany Schoephoerster

Assistant Principal
Sartell - St. Stephen School District


"The program pushed me to grow as an educator, leader, and professional"

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Graduate Award Recipients

Gaynard Brown

Retired Director at Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative


2019 Recipient of the MASE Legacy Award

Dr. Reggie Engebritson

Director of Special Education for 11 districts, Northland Special Education Cooperative, Virginia, MN


2011 New Leader of Excellence Award from the Minnesota Administrators of Special Education

Amy Ernst (f/k/a Green)

Director of Special Education, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools

2019 Recipient of the MASE New Special Education Leader Award

Tim Finn

Special Education Director in St. Francis


2017 New Special Education Leader Award by Minnesota Administrators of Special Education.
Eunice Gyamerah

Eunice Gyamerah

English Language Learners (ELL)
Athlos Academy of St. Cloud

Ms. Gyamerah received the 2021 Athlos Distinguished Educator Award for her excellence in exemplifying the Athlos Pillars of Performance: Prepared Mind, Healthy Body, and Performance Character.
Dr. Kim Hiel

Dr. Kim Hiel

Superintendent
Fridley Public Schools


Dr. Hiel was named the 2020 Richard Green Scholar from the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) for her paper "The Influence of Society's Perceptions and Stereotypes on African American Women Administrators' Leadership Practices".  In 2014, she was named Minnesota Elementary and Middle School Science and Mathematics Principal of the Year by the Minnesota Principal Association and the Science Museum of Minnesota
Jovana Jevremovic

Jovana Jevremovic


2020 Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education (CASHE), an entity group of ACPA.

Valerie Knopp

2015 Inaugural Student Employment Administrator of the Year award by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators

Abby Lyon

Benton Stearns Ed District


2018 Stenswick Benson Scholarship Recipient

Dianne McCarron

Director of Special Education serving 15 districts in the SW/WC Service Cooperative


2014 New Leader of Excellence Award from the Minnesota Administrators of Special Education

Michelle Mortensen

Superintendent, Renville County West Schools


2019 Richard Green Scholar Award - Minnesota Association of School Administrators

Karen Orcutt

Superintendent of Schools for the Orono Public Schools


2017 MASA Polaris Leadership Award

Ray Przekurat

Director/Superintendent of the Wright Technical Center and Vice Chair of the Wright County Economic Development Partnership


2015 Member Investor of the Year from the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Martha Smithson

Brainerd


2018 Stenswick Benson Scholarship Recipient

Tammy Stahl

Director of Special Education for 18 districts in the SW/WC Service Cooperative


2012 New Leader of Excellence Award from the Minnesota Administrators of Special Education
Dr. Curt Tryggestad

Dr. Curt Tryggestad

Superintendent of Eden Prairie Schools


2017 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators
2015 Richard Green Scholars Program Award from the Minnesota Association of School Administrators
Dia Yang

Dia Yang

Assistant Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion Services at University of St. Thomas


2019 Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award from NASPA Region IV-E