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2015 Alumnus of the Year: Mona Dohman ('98)
Mona Dohman

Metropolitan State University is honored to recognize Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman as the 2015 Alumna of the Year. Dohman graduated from Metropolitan State in 1998 with an individualized bachelor’s degree focusing in criminal justice administration. She later received a master’s degree in educational administration with a focus in police leadership from the University of St. Thomas, and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

Dohman was appointed commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety by Gov. Mark Dayton in January 2011. She oversees a $600 million budget, 2,100 employees and 14 divisions, including Driver and Vehicle Services, Minnesota State Patrol, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Prior to her appointment, Dohman served 10 years as chief of the Maple Grove Police Department. She joined the department in 1984 and served as an investigator, patrol officer, sergeant and captain before her promotion to chief in 2001. Dohman’s nearly 33 years of law enforcement experience also includes serving as a patrol officer in Glencoe and Marshall.

2014 Alumnus of the Year: Gary Cunningham ('91)
Gary Cunningham

Metropolitan State University is honored to recognize Gary Cunningham as the 2014 Alumnus of the Year. Cunningham graduated from Metropolitan State in 1991 with a degree in public policy and later received a master's in public administration from Harvard University. He is the president and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA), following seven years as vice president of programs and chief program officer for the Northwest Area Foundation.




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