Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone announced on Friday that he will be retiring at the end of his contract in July 2017. He had been serving as leader of MnSCU, which includes seven state universities and 30 community and technical colleges, since 2011
Arguably Rosenstone's biggest success during his tenure was that he recruited 21 of the 30 current MnSCU presidents. With a push and commitment to diversity, almost a third come from communities and nearly half are women.
"Of the accomplishments I am most proud of," said Rosenstone in the release, "nothing exceeds the pride I take in the extraordinary team of leaders I helped recruit to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the team we built."
"Chancellor Rosenstone has served the Minnesota State College and University System with great distinction," Dayton said in a statement Friday. “I thank him for his leadership and for helping to chart a new future for our public colleges and university system.”
Rosenstone had a rocky time as chancellor, including several college and universities calling for a no-confidence vote over his "Charting the Future" initiative.
This included faculty at Winona State University, St. Cloud State University and Minnesota State University and Mankato, which accounts for the largest institutions in the MnSCU system and half of the MnSCU faculty and students.
He was also criticized for his contract, which was $387,250 in base salary and a $43,160 boost for allowances for transportation and other expenses.
MnSCU said that details on the search for his successor will be announced this spring.