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The President's Council makes important decisions and sets the strategic direction of the College, with input from all staff, faculty and students. The council is comprised of the president, associate vice presidents and the Executive Director of Diversity and Multiculturalism. The group meets weekly.

President Sharon Pierce

President Sharon Pierce at MCTC

Dr. Sharon Pierce is the president of Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Dr. Pierce has been dedicated to urban education and the mission of community and technical colleges throughout her career. She has served Howard Community College (Md.) as the vice president for academic affairs since 2010; as chair of the Health Sciences Division from 2005 to 2010; as director of the ...

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nursing education program from 2001 to 2006; as the nursing course leader from 1993 to 2001; and she was on the nursing faculty from 1990 to 2010. She also served as a practicing nurse from 1978 to 1990. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s from the University of Maryland and a doctorate from Morgan State University (Md.).

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Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Gail O'Kane

Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Gail O'Kane

Dr. Gail O'Kane worked for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system from 2005 to 2011. She went on to serve MCTC as associate vice president for strategy, planning and accountability from 2011 to 2013, and served as interim president of Rochester Community and Technical College from 2013–2014 before returning to MCTC. Gail holds a bachelor's degree in ...

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political science from Boston College and a doctorate in neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Vice President of Student Affairs Patrick Troup

Vice President of Student Affairs Patrick Troup

Patrick Troup is the vice president of Student Affairs providing vision, leadership and strategic direction for all student affairs functions including recruitment, admissions, orientation, student life, multicultural student services, services for students with disabilities, career and job placement services, and TRIO programs. He is also leading efforts to strengthen college readiness ...

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among entering students and transform internal support, resources and processes that lead to student retention and graduation. Patrick came to MCTC from the University of Minnesota, where he held the roles of director of retention initiatives in the Office for Equity and Diversity, director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence and associate director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Programs since 2002.

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Chief Information Officer Tiffni Deeb

Chief Information Officer Tiffni Deeb Tiffni Deeb began her career with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system in 1998. Her background includes computer networking, web development, project and portfolio management and information technology leadership. Tiffni came to MCTC in 2012 as director of technical services, and was named chief information officer in 2015.

Vice President of Finance and Operations Chris Rau

VP Finance Chris Rau at MCTC

Since 2015 when he began leading the Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s finance and operations areas, Chris Rau has helped drastically improve the institution’s fund balance and overall financial position. With a strong commitment to financial sustainability, Chris (more commonly referred to as “Rau”) approaches his work by building transparent, equitable processes that ...

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allocate funding to areas supporting student success. He has championed for resources to advance the College’s progressive path toward cultural fluency.

As a former student of the Humanities and with his strong belief in the role of higher education in the betterment of society, he has the unique ability to identify opportunities that achieve results for students while maintaining fiscal prudency. With his leadership, academic institutions across the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system have improved their students’ experience registering for classes by creating an autoreply solution. In addition, Rau led a system-wide initiative modifying policies to increase students’ access to course materials at lower costs.

The Facilities Initiative Planning Subcommittee Chris developed encourages employees to submit requests to improve campus facilities. This empowers experts from all areas of the campus to identify and elevate suggested improvements. He’s known among his colleagues as always being willing to listen to new ideas and for his sense of humor that promotes collaboration and thoughtful decision-making.

A licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chris served as the College’s Director of Finance and Accounting Manager and taught Accounting courses at MCTC. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas and completed his master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Minnesota.

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Chief Diversity Officer Jay Williams

Jay Williams

Under Dr. Jay Williams’ leadership, Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s Equity and Inclusion Division is transforming the institution’s approach to equity work. Dr. Jay (typically seen sporting a black hat) is guiding the College’s efforts to embed equity consciousness into its practices, procedures, policies and planning. His cultural fluency training programs and Sociology...

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plus Anthropology courses provide a valuable pipeline into insights from students and employees that inform this work.

With a career built on recruiting, supporting and empowering under-served students, Dr. Jay has successfully designed youth enrichment and leadership programs, secured financial support for undocumented students and addressed students’ housing and hunger issues. His passion to increase access to higher education and inspire hope in at-risk youth has been instrumental at MCTC as well as at Princeton University, the National School and Community Corps, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and Carole Robertson Center for Learning and on Chicago’s West side. In 1993, his community work earned him the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Youth Outreach.

Whenever he’s out and about, Dr. Jay is like a magnet for students due to his well-known commitment to always make time for them. Like his work, Dr. Jay’s eclectic personal interests support vastly diverse pursuits such as serving on the Board of Directors for the American Indian Center in Chicago, at the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival and as a coach for junior high school robotics teams.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with honors at Princeton University, Dr. Jay completed his master’s and doctoral work at the University of Chicago. He frequently presents his research on ethnic identity development at academic conferences citing his highest goal as ensuring academic achievement is possible for all.

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Chief Human Resources Officer Dianna Cusick

CHRO Dianna Cusick at MCTC

As Chief Human Resources Officer, Dianna Cusick is responsible for developing and executing human resources strategies at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Her leadership has paved the way for high integrity and innovation in talent management, employee engagement, change management, organizational development, performance management and labor relations.

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Cusick’s commitment to equity and inclusion, affirmative action and equal opportunity initiatives has helped create a forward-thinking and student-focused workforce. She has devoted more than 20 years of her career to helping MCTC achieve its mission to provide students access to the transformative power of education.

In 2017, Cusick received the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Human Resources All Star Award for her work in leading transformational hiring practices. The award recognizes Cusick’s collaborative efforts across the campus as well as across the Minnesota State system to design and implement best practices in hiring. Public and private sector organizations across the state have invited her to speak about transformational hiring practices.

A licensed attorney, Cusick served as the College’s Director of Legal Affairs managing all aspects of legal compliance. She was also a faculty member at MCTC and Hamline University teaching Employment, Labor and Constitutional Law. Prior to joining MCTC, she was a practicing attorney with the firm of Foley and Mansfield and worked in the legal division of West Publishing Company. She graduated cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law and the College of St. Catherine and is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the National College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

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4 Reasons for High School Graduates to Turn to Community College

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"Community colleges offer a lot of flexibility for students who need to balance more than academics."

Discover the four reasons high school graduates may want to consider community college in this US News article.

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