Condolences: Margaret Preska

Message from President Inch

Maverick family:

I was saddened to learn of the passing of former University president, Dr. Margaret Preska, early this morning.

Dr. Preska served as president from 1979 to 1992. She had a profound impact on the university and helped set it on the path to become the flagship institution it is today. She was a student-focused leader, a champion of learning and a true Maverick to the end. Margaret remained active in the University community long after her retirement and was often present at campus events. Our newest residence hall was named in her honor in 2012.

We send our sincerest condolences to Dr. Preska’s family. She is survived by her three children, Robert, William and Ellen. Robert and Ellen both earned degrees from Minnesota State Mankato, and Ellen served as the Foundation Board President from 2015 – 2017. Her husband, Dan Preska, passed away in 2017.

An on-campus memorial service will be planned for early summer 2022. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Preska Scholar Program Endowment through the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation.

You can read more about Dr. Preska’s impact on Minnesota State Mankato on the special “In Memorium” webpage.



Edward S. Inch, Ph.D.