Minnesota’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota was founded as a preparatory school in 1851. However, financial problems forced the school to close during the American Civil War. The school reopened in 1867 as the land-grant institution of the state of Minnesota. The campus currently is located both in Minneapolis and in St. Paul, the latter campus of which houses most of its agricultural programs.
President: Eric Kaler became the president of the University of Minnesota in 2011. He has announced his retirement as of July 2019. President Kaler is an alumnus of U of M, having received his doctorate in chemical engineering in 1982. His land-grant pedigree also included a stint as dean of the college of engineering at the land-grant institution the University of Delaware. @PrezKaler
Minnesota’s 1994 Land-Grant Institutions: Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Leech Lake Tribal College, White Earth Tribal and Community College
Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
The Minnesota Legislature created Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) in 1987, and the Fond du Lac Reservation chartered the school in the same year.
President: Following the June 2018 retirement of President Larry Anderson, Stephanie Hammitt was appointed interim president of the college. She has served FDLTCC for 27 years, most recently as its vice president of Finance and Administration. Her land-grant credentials include a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
Leech Lake Tribal College
The Leech Lake Tribal Council established Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) in 1990. For its first two years, courses were offered on campus from the land-grant institution of the University of Minnesota and other local colleges and universities. In 1992, LLTC began offering its own courses leading toward the completion of Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees. In 1994, LLTC was accorded status as a land-grant institution.
President: Raymond Burns became the president of Leech Lake Tribal College in 2018. Previously, he served as the president of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College in Wisconsin, another 1994 tribal land-grant institution.
White Earth Tribal and Community College
The White Earth Tribal Council established the White Earth Tribal and Community College (WETCC) in 1997. The WETCC was designed to support the self-determination of the Anishinaabe people through the preservation and promotion of their history, culture, and language.
President: Tracy Clark currently is serving as the interim president of WETCC, having been appointed to that position in 2017. She is serving as part of an agreement between the White Earth Tribal and Community College Council of Trustees and Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she held the position of associate professor of social work. President Clark was born and raised on the White Earth Reservation, and had previously served as a member of the council of trustees board of that college.