Devinder Malhotra


Minnesota State




The person who leads Minnesota’s system of 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities must have credibility with many constituencies—students, faculty, college administrators, employers, legislators, and the governor. Devinder Malhotra, who was serving as interim chancellor, accepted an offer in March to become permanent chancellor. Malhotra, a former Metropolitan State University president, won the trustees’ support after two national searches over two years failed to produce a consensus candidate. Now Malhotra is focusing on increasing the degree-completion rate, meeting employer needs during a workforce shortage, and building a financially sustainable higher education system.