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Charles Casey

Casey named chancellor at Crookston

Durgan to take over as dean and director of Extension Service

By David Ruth

Published on August 15, 2005

At an event on Monday morning in Crookston, the University named Charles Casey the new chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC), pending approval by the Board of Regents in September. Casey's appointment will make him the campus's fourth chancellor since 1965.

"Charles Casey has served for the past six and a half years as dean and director of the University of Minnesota Extension Service, where he led a successful strategic positioning process resulting in a more focused, economically viable organization that better serves the needs of the state," said Robert Jones, the University's senior vice president for system administration. "With his guidance, Extension has enhanced its curriculum and streamlined its delivery mechanisms so that individuals, organizations, and county governments have access to a broader range of University expertise and service."

Crookston is in the midst of its own strategic planning to strengthen the campus in a region where student populations are dropping and competition is increasing.

"I'm honored to be asked, and will do my best to serve Crookston," said Casey. "This is a unique opportunity because my wife and I have roots in northwest Minnesota; we care about the future of the region because we live there. Of course, accepting this assignment means leaving as dean of Extension--a job I really liked and will miss enormously."

Prior to his leadership at Extension, Casey served as director of outreach services for the University's College of Veterinary Medicine for seven years, designing programs to connect the research and academic resources of the University with the needs of veterinarians, farmers, and businesses throughout the state. He was also a two-term member (1979-1991) of the University's Board of Regents. He has served on the University Foundation Board of Trustees and the Humphrey Institute Advisory Board, and currently serves on the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development Board.

Jones said interim Crookston CEO Joe Massey will move into a new leadership position as senior vice chancellor of academic affairs and dean.

"I want to thank Joe Massy for his contributions as interim CEO for the past nine months," said Jones. "Joe will now devote his full attention to the critical role of leading Crookston in a new capacity. The creation of this enhanced leadership position recognizes Joe's strong academic credentials and reflects our commitment to academic excellence at UMC."

Durgan named dean of Extension Service

To replace Casey, Jones has appointed Bev Durgan as the new dean and director for the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Durgan is currently the associate dean for research and outreach in the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences (COAFES).

"Professor Durgan has served in several administrative capacities in COAFES, including assistant dean for Extension and chief fiscal officer," said Jones. "Her outstanding accomplishments in administration, finance, academic leadership, and research and outreach are all of the qualities we want in a leader for Extension."

"I look forward to this new opportunity at Extension," said Durgan. "Throughout my career I have been involved in Extension, and I know firsthand the important contributions the University of Minnesota Extension Service makes to our state."

Upon approval by the Board of Regents, both appointments will be effective September 12.

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