Michael Raich

Michael Raich

President

Northeast Higher Education District

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Next fall, five northeastern Minnesota community colleges will become one. It’s a merger Michael Raich has been helping drive since mid-2019. The unification will create efficiencies—the campuses will have one management team instead of five. In addition, “we’ll be able to provide better and more seamless learning experiences for students who go between our colleges,” he says. Even more, he sees the merged institution as “a catalyst for regional prosperity.” Northeastern Minnesota has a strong industry base, he notes. “We can be a better partner to regional industry and business by providing a single college to work with.”