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Dr. Kelly Murtaugh appointed to Vice President of Academic Affairs

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Dr. Kelly Murtaugh has been appointed as the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer at Saint Paul College. Since December 2013, Kelly has served as the interim Vice President of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer at the College.

Prior to joining the Saint Paul College family, Kelly worked at Dakota County Technical College where she served as the Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs and Operations. Kelly has been a strong advocate for two-year college education for nearly two decades at Dakota County Technical College (DCTC). During that time, she held a variety of roles at the college, first as an academic advisor, then registrar and dean culminating in her most recent position as the Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs and Operations at DCTC. As Vice President, Kelly has experience leading Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Information Technology, Instructional Technology, and Operations. She oversaw the college’s efforts through an unconditional reaffirmation of accreditation in 2011 and a new strategic plan in 2012 at DCTC.

The decision to appoint Kelly was based on numerous conversations with members of our College Community as well as external stakeholders who have had the opportunity to work with Kelly since she was appointed to the interim position at Saint Paul College. Some of the comments and descriptors used to describe Kelly include:

  • A true and genuine person
  • A collaborative leader
  • A fair and approachable leader
  • A person with solid work experience (Academic Affairs as well as Student Development)
  • A person with an in-depth understanding of MnSCU
  • A well respected and a dedicated leader who is student centered
Kelly’s educational accomplishments include a BA in Speech Communication from the University of Minnesota-Morris, a MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in Leadership for Higher Education from Capella University.

At Saint Paul College, Kelly will lead the development, administration and evaluation of our academic programs, supervise Workforce Training and Continuing Education, and the Marketing and Communications Department. By actively engaging the academic deans and faculty members, Kelly will ensure that our curriculum meets the needs of students, our employers (business/industry partners), and provide clear pathways to completion for our students. Kelly will also lead the development of College’s academic master plan and guide our response to the academic program review. 

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Murtaugh to the Saint Paul College family as the permanent Vice President of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer.