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New leader of state's college system makes Alexandria his first stop

Dr. Steven Rosenstone (center), along with Kevin Kopischke (left) and Jan Doebbert (far right), talked with Kevin Huwe (second from right) in the Machine Tool Technology department at the Alexandria Technical and Community College. Rosenstone, the new chancellor-elect of the state's college system, toured the campus Wednesday.

Dr. Steven Rosenstone, who will soon be the new chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU), made Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) his first stop on a tour of Minnesota's colleges and technical schools.

Rosenstone explained that he selected ATCC because he wanted to start with one of the best schools in the system. He also noted that Kevin Kopischke, president of the college, had a hand in selecting him for the job of chancellor.

"It seemed like an absolutely great place to start," Rosenstone said during his visit Wednesday. "This college has a magnificent president who's done a great job of guiding it to become one of the best community colleges in the system."

Rosenstone was selected for the position of chancellor early in February by the MnSCU Board of Trustees. A committee, which included Kopischke, helped to select and interview candidates to succeed James McCormick, the current chancellor. Rosenstone will take over as the new leader of the MnSCU system on August 1.

Rosenstone was given a tour of the Alexandria campus on Wednesday, which included program areas such as mechatronics, machining, marine and small engines, law enforcement and carpentry.

Rosenstone noted that one of the reasons for ATCC's success is that instead of trying to be everything for all people, it specializes in a few areas it can do very well.

"One size does not fit all across the system," he said.

Rosenstone remarked that even though the college looked wonderful in photographs and brochures, it was even better in person, and he hopes all the campuses he tours are as great.

"I'm just getting started," he added. "I hope to be on as many campuses as humanly possible."

The MnSCU system includes seven state universities, five community colleges, five technical colleges and 15 combined technical and community colleges in Minnesota.