COVID-19 updates: Everyone coming to campus must complete a self-assessment daily. More about the screening

All COVID-19 updates and information

For the press

For media inquiries

Robert Boos
Public Relations Coordinator

Subject matter experts

Metropolitan State faculty and staff are available to provide knowledge, context and commentary on a wide range of issues.

Subject matter experts

Press releases

Board of Trustees Educators of the Year Awards recognize two Metropolitan State employees

ST. PAUL, Minn., April 22, 2020 The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities today recognized eight individuals with Awards for Excellence. These awards are conferred annually to college and university teaching faculty and university administrative service faculty to acknowledge and provide systemwide recognition for consistently superior professional…

The Metropolitan State Foundation Board welcomes new member, Jeanette Augustson

Saint Paul, Minn.— Metropolitan State University welcomes Jeanette Augustson to the Metropolitan State Foundation Board of Trustees.

Augustson is the Executive Director of Operations for the HealthPartners Institute. She helps lead research and clinical education teams across HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation. Augustson holds a…

Leslee LeRoux named new member of Metropolitan State Foundation Board

Saint Paul, Minn.— Metropolitan State University has named a new member, Leslee LeRoux, to the Metropolitan State Foundation Board of Trustees. 

Leslee LeRoux is the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at TKDA, an engineering, architecture and planning firm that has been serving public and private clients for more than 109 years from its headquarters in downtown Saint Paul,…

Grant will support Metropolitan State’s School of Urban Education to recruit and support teacher candidates

Saint Paul, Minn.— The School of Urban Education (UED) at Metropolitan State University has been awarded a Collaborative Urban and Greater Minnesota Educators of Color (CUGMEC) Grant from the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB).

The total grant award in the amount of $406,000 will be used to recruit and raise the number of teacher candidates who are of color or who are American Indian into the various teacher…

Voter participation by Metropolitan State students among highest in nation

Saint Paul, Minnesota— A national report shows that voter participation among Metropolitan State University students increased to 58% in 2018 from a rate of 35.4% in 2014.

Metropolitan State University is pleased to cultivate one of the highest student voting rates in the country—nearly 20% higher than the national average determined by NSLVE’s major study of the 2018 mid-term election. Through numerous annual efforts and campaigns,…

Colleges and universities of Minnesota State waive application fees during College Knowledge Month

In recognition of October’s College Knowledge Month, students exploring their higher education options can submit an application for admission to any of the 30 colleges or seven universities of Minnesota State without paying an application fee. 
“The colleges and universities of Minnesota State offer a transformational education, and are the most affordable and accessible options in the state,” said Devinder…

Affinity Plus and Metropolitan State University launch pilot MBA program for employees

Metropolitan State University and Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union are pleased to announce a two-year Master of Business Administration pilot program designed to make furthering education easy and affordable for Affinity Plus employees. Affinity Plus will be paying the cost of each employee’s tuition.

“Affinity Plus is fully committed to investing in our employees and their professional and personal development,” said Dave Larson,…

Minnesota State receives Lumina 'All Learning Counts' Grant

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 30, 2019 – Lumina Foundation has awarded Minnesota State a $350,000 grant under its “All Learning Counts” initiative to build transparent pathways to degrees and other credentials for adults, especially for adult learners of color and Native learners. The grant will allow Minnesota State to expand its program of awarding Credit for Prior Learning which can reduce the cost of…

Metropolitan State University announces new dean for College of Management

Saint Paul, Minn.— It is our pleasure to announce the appointment of Rassule Hadidi, Ph.D., as the new dean for the College of Management at Metropolitan State University.

Dr. Hadidi comes to Metropolitan State from the University of Illinois – Springfield, Illinois (UIS), where he held the position of professor and head of the Department of Management Information Systems. The announcement was made to the university community recently…

Ezell Jones named to Metropolitan State Foundation Board

Saint Paul, Minn.— Metropolitan State University welcomes Ezell Jones to the Metropolitan State Foundation Board of Trustees.

Jones is the founder and managing partner of Fifth Quarter Integrated Solutions and holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and psychology from the University of Minnesota. He also holds an associate’s degree in risk management from the University of Pennsylvania with…