The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities today named Deidra Peaslee as the new permanent president. She has been the interim president since May 2019.
Peaslee was one of four women announced as finalists in February. Among the four were two Black women.
In terms of enrollment, Saint Paul College is the fifth largest community college in Minnesota with 65 percent of the student population being of color.
“Dr. Peaslee’s commitment and leadership of the college while serving as interim president has been exemplary,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State in a news release. “She consistently demonstrates strong leadership, empathy, decisiveness, and tenacity. No matter where she has been, she has wholly embraced and immersed herself in transforming the institution, facing challenges head on with grace and grit. As interim president, she has navigated the college community through the dual crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and that of systemic racism. Dr. Peaslee is the right leader at this juncture of the college’s trajectory.”
Trustees for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities have authorized Chancellor Malhotra to negotiate a three-year contract with Dr. Peaslee which will become effective July 1, 2021.