In Our August, 2017 Issue:

Chancellor campus chat

Students senators welcome incoming Interim Chancellor Devinder Malhotra to the St. Paul campus. (From left) Neeraj Gautam, Mitesh Rai, Malhotra, Jessica Maistrovich, Heather Moenck, Metropolitan State President Ginny Arthur and Chris Atemkeng in New Main on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

Dr. Devin­der Mal­ho­tra, incom­ing interim chan­cel­lor of the Min­nesota State sys­tem, vis­ited the St. Paul cam­pus on Tues­day, July 25 to hear stu­dent ideas and concerns.

He and Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Pres­i­dent Ginny Arthur met with five mem­bers of the Stu­dent Sen­ate in an hour­long session.

I want to hear from you. What things should I know as I start my work?” said Mal­ho­tra. Jok­ingly call­ing his cam­pus visit part of an “edu­cat­ing Devin­der project,” Mal­ho­tra asked stu­dents about why they enrolled at Metro State and their expe­ri­ence in the Min­nesota State system.

Sen­a­tors shared their dif­fi­cul­ties in engag­ing fel­low stu­dents at a non-​residential uni­ver­sity. “It’s that sense of loy­alty. That you love your school. How can we build that?” said Jes­sica Maistro­vich, Sen­ate Treasurer.

Mal­ho­tra encour­aged the Sen­a­tors to push par­tic­i­pa­tion in stu­dent activ­i­ties. “Get as much as pos­si­ble out of your col­lege expe­ri­ence. Accel­er­ate your pro­fes­sional and per­sonal growth. Become a sea­soned leader,” he said.

Stu­dent suc­cess, diver­sity and finan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity will be Malhotra’s pri­or­i­ties dur­ing his tenure as chancellor.

Ris­ing tuition and the finan­cial pic­ture for col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties were con­cerns shared by admin­is­tra­tors and stu­dents. As a Finance major, Sen­a­tor Chris Atemkeng chose Metro State as the “most afford­able option with an effec­tive rate of return.” He urged Mal­ho­tra to focus on afford­abil­ity as a way to retain and attract students.

It’s a very chal­leng­ing envi­ron­ment. We don’t have the lux­ury to take what we lose from the state and make up for it with tuition,” Mal­ho­tra said.

Mal­ho­tra served as Metro State’s interim pres­i­dent from 2014 to 2016. He said the expe­ri­ence pre­pared him well for the chancellor’s office. “I saw first­hand the strength of an insti­tu­tion that is part of a sys­tem. I saw how an insti­tu­tion can be trans­for­ma­tive and a cat­a­lyst to its stu­dents,” he said.

He looks to have “con­tin­u­ous engage­ment and dia­logue” between the 37 insti­tu­tions in the sys­tem. Mal­ho­tra lauded Pres­i­dent Arthur as a leader who pushes her col­leagues to con­sider new strate­gies. “She ini­ti­ates and insti­gates and forces these con­ver­sa­tions,” he said.

Mal­ho­tra begins work on August 1