Office of the President

Spring 2017 Faculty and Staff Convocation

The Role of Reciprocal Partnerships in Building the 21st Century Engaged University

As a highlight to his Convocation address, Interim President Ashish Vaidya hosted and moderated the panel discussion "The Role of Reciprocal Partnerships in Building the 21st Century Engaged University" with community and business leaders to open spring semester 2017. The event celebrating community engagement and partnership included opening remarks from Interim Provost Dan Gregory and Interim President Vaidya. Panelists were:

  • St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis
  • CentraCare President Kenneth Holmen
  • Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation President Patti Gartland about what makes a successful partnership between community and the University
  • District 742 Superintendent Willie Jett was invited, but was unable to attend due to illness

About the panelists

Mayor Dave Kleis

St. Cloud Mayor Dave KleisMayor Dave Kleis is a Magna Cum Laude 1989 graduate of St. Cloud State University, and a 9 year veteran of the Air Force and Air Force Reserve. He served the St. Cloud area in the Minnesota Senate from 1994 through 2005, 7 years as Assistant Senate Minority Leader. Dave was first elected as mayor of St. Cloud in November 2005.


CentraCare President Kenneth Holmen

CentraCare President Kenneth HolmenBefore becoming president and CEO of CentraCare, Dr. Ken Holmen was a vice president with Bloomington-based HealthPartners, which controls Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he was chief medical officer. He became an anesthesiologist in 1983 and was CEO of his practice from 1996-2004. Holmen graduated from the University of Minnesota Medial School in 1978.


Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation President Patti Gartland

St. Cloud Mayor Dave KleisA graduate of St. Cloud State, Patti Gartland is a lifelong resident of the greater St. Cloud community and has more than 30 years experience in community and economic development, private sector business, and higher education. Prior to joining GSDC, Gartland served as the City Administrator for Sartell for nearly 12 years. In 2014, she was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Metropolitan Airports Commission in one of four seats representing outstate Minnesota.