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 at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Kristina Keller

Dr. Kristina Keller

Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost
Normandale Community College

“Among the things I appreciate about the program are the ability to tie assignments directly to my work with Normandale and Minnesota State, the expertise of instructors and the variety of student experiences that enhance the classroom discussions, the timely response of feedback on assignments, the cohort model, and the annual scheduling plan.”

Alfredo Oliveira

Alfredo Oliveira

"The Higher Education Master’s program has the most knowledgeable faculty in the field. The classes are challenging and professors give us real-life examples and challenges to solve. Also, over the past two years, several faculty members invited deans, college presidents, vice presidents, and other administrators to share their experience with us. They gave us tips on what we need to know as we start our journey as full-time professionals in higher education. The course schedule works great for me because I get to work as a graduate assistant in the Department of Residential Life and still be involved with other on- and off-campus activities. I have made several connections with other administrators and staff members at the University. This is a great program for anyone interested in higher education administration, leadership, and critical issues."

Educational Administration & Leadership

Dr. Gwen Rosha Anderson

Dr. Gwen Rosha Anderson

Principal
Stride Academy

Rochelle Dyer

Rochelle Dyer

Social Studies Education Director
St. Cloud State University

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.
Nathan Schwieters

Nathan Schwieters

Assistant Principal and Activities Director
Stride Academy

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.

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

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

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

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