St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News)- One of Minnesota’s top higher education leaders has announced his intention to retire. 

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Chancellor of the Minnesota State system of College and Universities Devinder Malhotra made the announcement at a Board of Trustees Meeting Wednesday. He plans to call it a career when his contract expires on August 1 of next year, according to a news release. Malhotra has held the position as interim chancellor and chancellor since 2017. 

“Serving as Chancellor of Minnesota State over the past six years has been a singular honor and the greatest privilege of my professional life,” Malhotra said in a statement. “I continue to be humbled and inspired by the grit, determination and resilience of our students, who often must overcome many challenges to persist and complete their educational journey.  It is exhilarating to have unwavering support from the Board of Trustees, and to work alongside 14,000 committed faculty and staff who provide exceptional stewardship for the educational experience of our students, and for the communities our colleges and universities serve.”

Malholtra was at the helm during the COVID-19 pandemic. The system also launched an equity initiative under his leadership. 

The news release says information related to finding Malholtra’s replacement will be released at a later time. 26 colleges and universities make up the Minnesota State system, including Rochester Community and Technical College and Winona State University.

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