New leadership at Morris and Crookston: Behr new Morris Chancellor

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

There's news regarding the leadership of our Morris and Crookston campuses.

At the University of Minnesota, Morris I have selected Dr. Michelle Behr as the next chancellor, effective February 6, 2017, pending Board of Regents approval at its December meeting. At the University of Minnesota Crookston, I have appointed Dr. Barbara Keinath to serve as the interim chancellor, with a tentative start date of January 1, 2017.  

University of Minnesota, Morris 
Dr. Behr comes to the University of Minnesota, Morris from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, where she has served since 2014 as provost, senior vice president for academic affairs, and dean of the college. In that role, she oversees approximately 100 full-time faculty and 65 non-tenure track faculty and staff, and leads all academic departments, the curriculum, academic records, the college library, advising, and BSC's special programs, including those in leadership, honors, international study, and service-learning. Dr. Behr's academic career spans more than 25 years, including a wealth of experience in higher education administration. She served as associate provost for academic initiatives at Western New Mexico University, as well as acting dean at the University of Northern Colorado. In 2005-2006, Behr was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow. 

Dr. Behr received both a master's degree in anthropology and a Ph.D. in geography from Arizona State University. Prior to that, she received her bachelor's degree in anthropology with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz. An active scholar, Behr has published and presented extensively on topics ranging from higher education leadership to population demography. Her research has been featured in publications such as Population Research and Policy ReviewEconomic GeographyInternational Journal of Migration and Residential Mobility, and Diversity & Democracy.Behr was also a Fulbright Scholar and the principal investigator for a National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant.

University of Minnesota Crookston
Dr. Keinath has served as UMC's vice chancellor for academic and student affairs the past three years. With her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Michigan State and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Keinath brings more than three decades of achievement in teaching and curriculum development, academic leadership, online learning, and strategic planning in Minnesota colleges and universities. Her experience in continuous improvement, accreditation, and student affairs provides additional breadth to her leadership. I am confident that she will provide steady and collaborative leadership as we move forward in our national search to find a replacement for outgoing Chancellor Fred Wood.