National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges

 
James H. McCormick

Chancellor

Minnesota State College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James H. McCormick was named chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges Universities System in December 2000 by the Board of Trustees and began his term in July 2001 as leader of the system of 33 higher education institutions.

As chancellor, Dr. McCormick is responsible to the 15-member Board of Trustees for the adminis≠tration of all facets of the system. With seven state universities and 25 two-year colleges on 53 campuses across the state, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System serves about 239,445 students each year. Employing 16,575 full- and part-time faculty and staff, the system has an annual budget of about $1.4 billion.

Before coming to Minnesota, Dr. McCormick served as the founding chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, created July 1, 1983. The state system comprises 14 universities with a billion-dollar budget. He left that position as the most senior system head in the country, having served continuously as the Pennsylvania public university system chief executive for 18 years.

Dr. McCormick was president of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania from 1973 to 1983, and served as a professor and administrator for Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania for the previous eight years. Prior to this, he worked as an assistant superintendent, high school administrator and teacher in Pennsylvania public schools. He is a native of Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

Dr. McCormick is vice chair of the Midwestern Higher Education Commission, and serves as a rotating chair of the Higher Education Advisory Council for the Higher Education Services Office in Minnesota. He founded and currently chairs the Minnesota K-16 Partnership. Dr. McCormick maintains several professional memberships and has held leadership roles with numerous organizations, among them the American Association of State Colleges and Univer≠sities for which he has been the state representa≠tive, served as chair of the Committee on Policies and Purposes, and currently works with the Federal Relations Committee. Likewise, he is a member of the Executive Committee for the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), serves as vice chair of SHEEO's Federal Relations Committee and works with the Accountability and Nominating Committees, as well. Dr. McCormick also serves with the Commission on Government and Public Affairs for the American Council on Education. A past president of the National Association of System Heads (NASH), he now serves on the NASH executive committee.

McCormick was a former president and member of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities. He is a board member with the National Center for the Study of Sport in Society and holds membership in the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, the American Association for Affirmative Action, the American Association of Higher Education, the American Association of University Adminis≠trators, the Pennsylvania Educational Policy Seminar, Phi Delta Kappa, and Kappa Delta Pi.

Academic, professional, and community recognitions have been frequent. McCormick House at the Dixon University Center, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was so named by the State System Board of Governors in 1994. Similarly, the Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees named the university's Human Services Center in McCormick's honor. He also carries the title President Emeritus for Bloomsburg University. Chancellor McCormick is the recipient of several awards, including the Out≠standing Alumnus Award from the University of Pittsburgh and from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 1992, the Pennsylvania State Education Association selected him recipient of the Adler Award for outstanding contributions to education. And, in 1993 the American Association of University Administrators named Chancellor McCormick recipient of its Eileen Tosney Award for outstanding leadership. The Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees recognized Chancellor McCormick with the organizationís 1998 Distinguished Service Award. In April 2000, his leadership was commended by the Systemwide Board of Student Government Presidents and in 1999 by the College and University Public Relations Association of Pennsylvania. Also in 1999, both Bloomsburg and Lock Haven Universities of Pennsylvania recognized the Chancellor, the former for leadership acumen and appreciation for the presidential years served, and the latter a System Service award presented by the alumni association. The Chancellor was cited for a "model" leadership style in the 1992 AASCU publication, Shared Visions of Public Higher Education Governance. In 2001 the Pennsylvania School Boards Association awarded Chancellor McCormick with the associationís Leadership Award for Commitment to K-16 Education in Pennsylvania.

In 1993, Chancellor McCormick was asked to join the teaching team for the Presidential Lecture series at Kuwait University. He also was selected by President Bill Clinton to participate with the Pennsylvania team for CIVITAS @ Prague, a 1995 international conference of government, education, and business leaders devoted to strengthening citizenship and civic education worldwide. The Newcomen Society of the United States honored the State System of Higher Education in 1997, recognizing then governing board Chairman F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. and Chancellor McCormick for their leadership.

Upon departure from the Pennsylvania state system, Dr. McCormick was recipient of numerous awards, recognitions and resolutions. Among those accolades were those from the following: Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees, Board of Student Government Presidents, Association of Pennsylvania State Colleges and University Faculties, Latino Leadership Conference, Pennsylvania Council of Alumni Associations, Black Conference on Higher Education, Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, numerous university councils of trustees, the Tuition Account Program of the state treasurer, and the City of Harrisburg. Then Governor Tom Ridge recognized McCormick's years of service by personally hosting a retirement celebration in his honor. 

As chancellor, Dr. McCormick is responsible to the 15-member Board of Trustees for the adminis≠tration of all facets of the system. With seven state universities and 25 two-year colleges on 53 campuses across the state, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System serves about 239,445 students each year. Employing 16,575 full- and part-time faculty and staff, the system has an annual budget of about $1.4 billion.

Before coming to Minnesota, Dr. McCormick served as the founding chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, created July 1, 1983. The state system comprises 14 universities with a billion-dollar budget. He left that position as the most senior system head in the country, having served continuously as the Pennsylvania public university system chief executive for 18 years.

Dr. McCormick was president of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania from 1973 to 1983, and served as a professor and administrator for Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania for the previous eight years. Prior to this, he worked as an assistant superintendent, high school administrator and teacher in Pennsylvania public schools. He is a native of Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

Dr. McCormick is vice chair of the Midwestern Higher Education Commission, and serves as a rotating chair of the Higher Education Advisory Council for the Higher Education Services Office in Minnesota. He founded and currently chairs the Minnesota K-16 Partnership. Dr. McCormick maintains several professional memberships and has held leadership roles with numerous organizations, among them the American Association of State Colleges and Univer≠sities for which he has been the state representa≠tive, served as chair of the Committee on Policies and Purposes, and currently works with the Federal Relations Committee. Likewise, he is a member of the Executive Committee for the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), serves as vice chair of SHEEO's Federal Relations Committee and works with the Accountability and Nominating Committees, as well. Dr. McCormick also serves with the Commission on Government and Public Affairs for the American Council on Education. A past president of the National Association of System Heads (NASH), he now serves on the NASH executive committee.

McCormick was a former president and member of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities. He is a board member with the National Center for the Study of Sport in Society and holds membership in the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, the American Association for Affirmative Action, the American Association of Higher Education, the American Association of University Adminis≠trators, the Pennsylvania Educational Policy Seminar, Phi Delta Kappa, and Kappa Delta Pi.

Academic, professional, and community recognitions have been frequent. McCormick House at the Dixon University Center, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was so named by the State System Board of Governors in 1994. Similarly, the Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees named the university's Human Services Center in McCormick's honor. He also carries the title President Emeritus for Bloomsburg University. Chancellor McCormick is the recipient of several awards, including the Out≠standing Alumnus Award from the University of Pittsburgh and from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 1992, the Pennsylvania State Education Association selected him recipient of the Adler Award for outstanding contributions to education. And, in 1993 the American Association of University Administrators named Chancellor McCormick recipient of its Eileen Tosney Award for outstanding leadership. The Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees recognized Chancellor McCormick with the organizationís 1998 Distinguished Service Award. In April 2000, his leadership was commended by the Systemwide Board of Student Government Presidents and in 1999 by the College and University Public Relations Association of Pennsylvania. Also in 1999, both Bloomsburg and Lock Haven Universities of Pennsylvania recognized the Chancellor, the former for leadership acumen and appreciation for the presidential years served, and the latter a System Service award presented by the alumni association. The Chancellor was cited for a "model" leadership style in the 1992 AASCU publication, Shared Visions of Public Higher Education Governance. In 2001 the Pennsylvania School Boards Association awarded Chancellor McCormick with the associationís Leadership Award for Commitment to K-16 Education in Pennsylvania.

In 1993, Chancellor McCormick was asked to join the teaching team for the Presidential Lecture series at Kuwait University. He also was selected by President Bill Clinton to participate with the Pennsylvania team for CIVITAS @ Prague, a 1995 international conference of government, education, and business leaders devoted to strengthening citizenship and civic education worldwide. The Newcomen Society of the United States honored the State System of Higher Education in 1997, recognizing then governing board Chairman F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. and Chancellor McCormick for their leadership.

Upon departure from the Pennsylvania state system, Dr. McCormick was recipient of numerous awards, recognitions and resolutions. Among those accolades were those from the following: Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees, Board of Student Government Presidents, Association of Pennsylvania State Colleges and University Faculties, Latino Leadership Conference, Pennsylvania Council of Alumni Associations, Black Conference on Higher Education, Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, numerous university councils of trustees, the Tuition Account Program of the state treasurer, and the City of Harrisburg. Then Governor Tom Ridge recognized McCormick's years of service by personally hosting a retirement celebration in his honor.

He also carries the title President Emeritus for Bloomsburg University. Chancellor McCormick is the recipient of several awards, including the Out≠standing Alumnus Award from the University of Pittsburgh and from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 1992, the Pennsylvania State Education Association selected him recipient of the Adler Award for outstanding contributions to education. And, in 1993 the American Association of University Administrators named Chancellor McCormick recipient of its Eileen Tosney Award for outstanding leadership. The Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees recognized Chancellor McCormick with the organizationís 1998 Distinguished Service Award. In April 2000, his leadership was commended by the Systemwide Board of Student Government Presidents and in 1999 by the College and University Public Relations Association of Pennsylvania. Also in 1999, both Bloomsburg and Lock Haven Universities of Pennsylvania recognized the Chancellor, the former for leadership acumen and appreciation for the presidential years served, and the latter a System Service award presented by the alumni association. The Chancellor was cited for a "model" leadership style in the 1992 AASCU publication, Shared Visions of Public Higher Education Governance. In 2001 the Pennsylvania School Boards Association awarded Chancellor McCormick with the associationís Leadership Award for Commitment to K-16 Education in Pennsylvania.

In 1993, Chancellor McCormick was asked to join the teaching team for the Presidential Lecture series at Kuwait University. He also was selected by President Bill Clinton to participate with the Pennsylvania team for CIVITAS @ Prague, a 1995 international conference of government, education, and business leaders devoted to strengthening citizenship and civic education worldwide. The Newcomen Society of the United States honored the State System of Higher Education in 1997, recognizing then governing board Chairman F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. and Chancellor McCormick for their leadership.

Upon departure from the Pennsylvania state system, Dr. McCormick was recipient of numerous awards, recognitions and resolutions. Among those accolades were those from the following: Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees, Board of Student Government Presidents, Association of Pennsylvania State Colleges and University Faculties, Latino Leadership Conference, Pennsylvania Council of Alumni Associations, Black Conference on Higher Education, Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, numerous university councils of trustees, the Tuition Account Program of the state treasurer, and the City of Harrisburg. Then Governor Tom Ridge recognized McCormick's years of service by personally hosting a retirement celebration in his honor.

Chancellor McCormick is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He earned the master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Further post-doctoral and study have been completed at Columbia University, the University of Michi≠gan, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has sought and entered into several industrial and business site internships, and in conjunction with AASCU leadership, has studied state-owned higher educa≠tion institutions across the country.

Most recently, Chancellor McCormick was named to the Board of Trustees for the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. In July 2002, the Ojibwe of the Fond du Lac Reservation in Cloquet, Minnesota, honored McCormick with the giving of an Indian name, White Wolf.

Chancellor McCormick and his wife, Dr. Maryan G. McCormick, are the parents of two adult sons, David Harold and Douglas Paul, and four grandchildren, Michael James, Kelly, Elizabeth Cora, and Tess.

Note: If this information will be used as an introduction, it may be edited to respect time demands and to personalize the presentation of Chancellor McCormick to select audiences. For further information, call the Public Affairs Division, 651-296-9595; write Office of the Chancellor, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, 500 Wells Fargo Place, 30 East Seventh Street, St. Paul, MN 55101; or go to www.mnscu.edu.

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The National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges is an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).  The council provides a forum for the exchange of information about developments, trends, and problems in state systems of community colleges.  

Through our affiliation with AACC, we also strive to affect national legislation that impacts our colleges and state agencies.

This is the only Council that represents the collective interest of state agencies and state boards of community colleges.  This council is a valuable forum to help state directors deal with the changes in attitude and policies towards community colleges at the international, federal, state and local levels.  We will share information and learn lessons from each other to better serve the interests of our institutions in the coming years.

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