Gores tapped to lead SMSU

MARSHALL – Connie Gores was approved by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board of Trustees Tuesday morning as the next president at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

Upon the recommendation of Chancellor Steven Rosenstone and the Human Resources Committee, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve Gores, making her the first female President in SMSU history and ninth overall.

Gores will succeed Dr. Ron Wood, who is serving his second year as interim president, and Dr. David Danahar, who was President at SMSU for 10 years, the longest tenure of any of the eight permanent Presidents in the institution’s history.

Gores will officially begin duties on July 1.

“I want you to know that from the first moment I stepped foot on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University, I could tell it was a very special place and I am thrilled to be the next president at SMSU,” Gores said.

“I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students and the community, to build on all the good work of Interim President Wood and his team, as we enhance academic distinctiveness, as we engage students in learning and as we build partnerships and collaborations in the southwest region and throughout the state of Minnesota. I am ready to get to work.”