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EVANS NAMED CHANCELLOR OF MINNESOTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM

 EVANS NAMED CHANCELLOR OF MINNESOTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM
 ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Geraldine Evans, president of Rochester Community College and an RCC graduate, today was named chancellor of the Minnesota Community College System.
 Evans, 52, has headed Rochester Community College since 1982 and was instrumental in creating a unique three-way higher education partnership on the RCC campus.
 A $17 million University Center now under construction will house classes from Winona State University, the University of Minnesota and Rochester Community College. Winona State for several years has operated a sizable "2-plus-2" program on the community college campus, allowing students to achieve a four-year degree in Rochester.
 Evans becomes the third chancellor of a statewide network of two- year colleges serving 56,000 students on 21 campuses. She succeeds Dr. Gerald Christenson, chancellor since 1983, who will retire on June 30.
 Evans calls herself "an unabashed fan of the community college's role in our society." She grew up on a dairy farm near Rochester and attended Rochester Junior College when it was housed on the upper floors of a high school building.
 The new chancellor was chosen by the State Board for Community Colleges from among three finalists announced last month. Other finalists were Dr. Philip Anderson, president of the Arrowhead Community College Region at Grand Rapids, Minn., and Dr. Jacquelyn Belcher, president of Minneapolis Community College.
 Evans holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota and earned a doctorate in educational administration from the university. She began her career in education as a counselor in the Anoka, Minn. public schools and later taught in Hopkins, Minn.
 She was an educational consultant from 1968-78, worked in the Minnesota Department of Education as a policy analyst in 1978-79 and was director of personnel services in the Minnesota Community College System from 1979-82, before being named president at Rochester.
 One of the first duties of the new chancellor will be to deal with a three-way higher education merger enacted by the 1991 Legislature. If not altered or repealed in the 1992 session, the law will place the existing Community College, Technical College and State University systems under a single "superboard" in 1995.
 The Community College System, formed in 1964 from a scattering of locally operated junior colleges, has 3,900 employees and an annual budget of approximately $100 million. Its cost per student, just over $4,000, is the lowest of any of Minnesota's public higher education systems.
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