Before getting a chance to give a brief speech and meet Lake Superior College staff, faculty and students during his June 28 visit, MnSCU Chancellor-designate Steven Rosenstone toured the campus with college administrators.
The sun was shining and temperatures were ideal. And so was Rosenstone’s post-tour evaluation of Lake Superior College.
“This is an absolutely glorious campus,” commented Rosenstone to an onlooking crowd of approximately 100 LSC staff, students and community stakeholders in LSC’s Atrium.
Rosenstone’s first stop on campus was a walk-through of the under-construction Health and Sciences building. With LSC Director of Public Affairs and Advancement Gary Kruchowski, President Patrick Johns and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Mark Magnuson, Rosenstone was able to get a first-hand look at the building progress that took nearly 11 years to fund.
“From what I understand, Lake Superior College is the only college campus in the state of Minnesota that has the noted honor of having a new building vetoed by two different governors,” Rosenstone jokingly referring to vetoes of the Health and Science building by former governors Jesse Ventura and Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty ended up approving the funding in 2009.
“But it’s going to be a spectacular Health and Science facility. And I do hope to join you all for the grand opening, but I also hope for many occasions to get up to this area,” he added.
Another stop on Rosenstone’s visit was LSC’s Art Building. Ceramics students and instructor Dorian Beaulieu were working on a very timely project – creating coffee mugs with designs inspired by a photo of…Dr. Rosenstone.
“They’re a great likeness of me,” Rosenstone said smilingly to Beaulieu and the students. “Or should I say, they’re a great caricature?”
Following the campus tour, the soon-to-be MnSCU chancellor gave a brief but inspired speech to the LSC Atrium crowd. Very much aware of the financial challenges that lie ahead, he maintained that he will ensure MnSCU colleges will continue to lead the way in educating Minnesota’s workforce.
“We will find a way to do this – we have to find a way to do this,” said Rosenstone. “Our students are counting on us, our communities are counting on us, families across the state are counting on us. Business and industry is counting on us. And together we’ll find a path to make that happen.
“This is not the time to allow the quality of higher education to get cheapened,” he added. “This is time to be creative about boosting that quality and assuring we have the very best education available to the state of Minnesota here in the MnSCU system. That’s my responsibility. I know that’s one of the reasons the Board of Trustees hired me.”