About M State


Carrie BrimhallOn behalf of our faculty and staff, welcome to Minnesota State Community and Technical College! We look forward to working with each of you as we strive to meet the needs of all students, regional businesses and statewide industries by offering an affordable and exceptional education.

Our vision is "A success story for every student," and your success is our No. 1 priority, whether you are attending one of our four campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead or Wadena, or taking classes online or at an off-site location. We are here to serve you, no matter what stage you're at in your educational journey.

Our students come to M State for a variety of reasons - for career and technical training programs, for transfer education, for enhancing their job skills to become a better employee or for the pleasure of lifelong learning. We recognize that every M State student has a story and brings their life experiences and dreams into our classrooms, and we are honored to have the privilege of working with you to meet your educational goals.

Our faculty and staff are "all in" in their dedication to the values of integrity, inclusion and innovation reflected in our programs and in the support we offer to our students. M State takes pride in its beautiful campuses, and we invite you to visit our buildings and classrooms to see our mission in action: "We welcome all students and engage them in shaping their futures and their communities."

Learn more about M State's program and career opportunities, our affordability, the services we provide to all students and the many ways we help to strengthen business and industry development in our region through Workforce Development Solutions.

Best wishes and thank you for choosing M State! You belong here.


Carrie Brimhall, Ph.D
M State Alumnus 1997


M State Administration

M State’s administrative structure is organized to support the college’s mission, vision, values and strategic plan. Leadership who directly report to the president serve on Cabinet, which has a key role in strategic planning and decision making at the college.

Meet M State's Administrative Team


M State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Many programs have specialized accreditation, licenses or are approved by national, state or program-specific agencies. Visit ir4.bucketlink2.net/accreditation for more information.

Minnesota State

M State is a member of the Minnesota State system, a collective of 26 colleges, seven universities and 54 campuses. The core commitments of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are to ensure access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans, be the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce and community needs and deliver the highest value/most affordable higher education option to students, employers, communities and taxpayers.


  • Board of Trustees - The system is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Minnesota Governor and confirmed by the senate (Minnesota Statutes Section 136F.02 and 136F.06).
  • System Chancellor - The Chancellor is appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve as the chief administrator, with powers and duties as delegated by the Board. Under laws and statutes of the state of Minnesota and regulations of Minnesota Management and Budget, Minnesota State system policies and procedures ensure system institutions operate with integrity in financial, academic, human resource, and auxiliary activities (Minnesota Statutes Section 136F.07).
  • College and University Presidents - Minnesota State college or university presidents are appointed by the board upon recommendation of the chancellor to serve as the executive officer. Presidents report to the system chancellor (Minnesota State Board Policy 4.2 Appointment of Presidents).

President’s Advisory Council

At the institutional level, M State utilizes the President’s Advisory Councils to stay connected to regional leaders and needs. The Advisory Councils provide direct and meaningful input on strategies and opportunities for collaboration to help build strong, educated, inclusive and vibrant communities. The councils meet biannually and include more than 75 representatives from business and industry, community agencies, and secondary and postsecondary education. Each M State campus community has representation on the councils.