Presidential Search


The Minnesota State system is conducting a search to select the next president of Minnesota State University, Mankato, replacing Richard Davenport who has served as president since 2002. The selection of the new president is expected to be announced in March 2021 and the new president will begin his or her term on July 1, 2021.

President Richard Davenport Announces Retirement at End of Upcoming Academic Year

Davenport, the 12th president in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s 152-year history, was appointed president by the Minnesota State system’s board of trustees on Feb. 22, 2002. He assumed his responsibilities as president on July 1, 2002.

Davenport’s tenure as president is longer than any other currently serving president at any Minnesota college or university.

Davenport Announces Retirement

Chancellor's Listening Sessions

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, Chancellor Devinder Malhotra conducted listening sessions with various internal and external constituent groups. If you did not have an opportunity to participate, or if you did participate but have additional thoughts to share, please complete the online Qualtrics survey that is submitted directly to the Chancellor’s Office.

Listening Sessions Qualtrics Survey

Institution and Leadership Profile

The Leadership and Institutional Profile is currently being drafted and will be posted here by Oct. 31.

Search Process and Timeline

Timeline of activities for the presidential search process.

Search Committee

The search advisory committee is advisory to the chancellor as the chancellor develops a recommendation to the board. Committee members shall serve as stewards on behalf of the interests of the entire university community.

Contact Information

Contact Information for questions about the presidential search process.