The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system today appointed Tim Wynes, president of Inver Hills Community College (IHCC), to also serve as interim president of Dakota County Technical College (DCTC). His new appointment is effective July 1, 2013. A search for a permanent president will begin early in the fall.
Wynes has served as president of IHCC since 2010. Previously, he served from 2002-2010 as chancellor of the Iowa Valley Community College District and from 1996-2002 as executive dean of grants and governmental affairs at Indian Hills Community College (IA). Wynes has served on the full-time faculty at the University of Missouri School of Law and as an adjunct at Iowa State University, Buena Vista University (IA), St. Ambrose University (IA), the University of Missouri Graduate School of Social Work, and Missouri Southern State College.
In recommending Wynes’ appointment, Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor, said “Tim Wynes is an outstanding leader who works effectively with community leaders, elected officials, area business and industry, and public schools and is deeply committed to Dakota and Scott counties. DCTC and Inver Hills have entered into some very exciting and productive joint initiatives for customized training and continuing education that have resulted in cost savings and improved service to students and the community. The appointment of Tim Wynes will ensure the continuity of these activities, ensure a smooth transition from one administration to the next, and help the college recruit a stellar new president.”
In a message to Inver Hills faculty and staff Wednesday afternoon, Wynes said: “I fully realize that each college has an excellent faculty and strong administrators and staff dedicated to serving their unique students and communities. I look forward to working with both colleges in the year ahead.”
Wynes holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell College, a juris doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law (MO), and has completed coursework in the doctorate program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University.
Wynes succeeds Ron Thomas, who is retiring after 13 years of service as president of DCTC.
Minnesota’s 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve more than 420,000 students across the state.