The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has announced in a press release that Kathleen “Kat” Linaker has been named as President of Riverland Community College. Her appointment becomes effective July 1, 2023.

Dr. Linaker served Western Technical College (WI) as vice president of academics from 2018 to 2022. Previously, she served Mohawk Valley Community College (NY) as assistant vice president of academics and dean of the School of STEM, Health, and Natural Sciences (2016 to 2018), as dean of the Center for Life and Health Sciences (2015 to 2016), and as a SUNY Guided Pathways state coach (2016 to 2018).  Linaker also served D’Youville University (NY) as the executive director of chiropractic programs (2009 to 2015).  Linaker was also a faculty member from 1999 to 2009 and continues to teach one diagnostic imaging course each spring as an adjunct.  The press release also stated that Linaker brings 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry as an employee, small business owner, and consultant.

Dr. Linaker, who was one of three finalists for the position, will succeed Adenuga Atewologun who has served Riverland as president since 2013 and has announced his intention to retire at the end of the fiscal year on June 30th.


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