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Alumna returning to St. Kate’s to become Dean

1983 Alumna Anne Weyandt returns to lead College of Applied and Continuing Learning.
1983 Alumna Anne Weyandt returns to lead College of Applied and Continuing Learning.
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Anne Weyandt ’83, a leader with extensive experience in higher education, will return to St. Catherine University in January 2014 to become Dean of Adult and Applied Education.

As dean, she will engage faculty and staff colleagues on both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses to identify strategies that increase post-secondary access and success for an increasingly diverse adult learner population.  Reporting to the senior vice president & chief academic officer, she will oversee the College of Applied and Continuing Learning, the Evening Weekend Online program, and the Continuing Education and Leadership Institute.  Dr. Weyandt will also be a member of the Deans' Council and the President's Cabinet.

"Her expertise will be invaluable as the academic affairs leadership team positions these programs for future growth," said Senior Vice-President Colleen Hegranes. "Her experience addressing the needs of adult learners will help us innovate and realize the University's strategic plan goals."

Dr. Weyandt co-founded the educational consulting firm SheridanStowe LLC, in 2011 to utilize her extensive experience collaborating with business and industry leaders, elected officials, and education administrators, teachers and students. The firm assists businesses and institutions in educational program design and assessment, organizational development and building support for educational programs and services.

She served as president of Anoka Technical College for 10 years where she collaborated with education, business and governmental leaders to found STEP (the Secondary Technical Education Program), a “middle college” serving nearly 1,000 high school students each year on the technical college campus. The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) named her “College President of the Year” in 2009.

She has also held several senior staff positions within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), where she has been an advocate for greater student access and success, particularly for low-income students of color and new immigrants. Most recently she served as senior fellow for academic affairs where she analyzed and made recommendations for the system’s credit transfer policies and practices.

She is a 1983 graduate of St. Kate’s where she earned Phi Beta Kappa honors and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science.  She earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1986 and a doctor of educational leadership degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2013.

 “I am honored to return to St. Catherine to provide leadership as we work together to expand programming for adult and applied learners in the spirit and practice of its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet,” Weyandt said.  “As an alumna, I am delighted to offer my experience and insight on behalf of students and the community in the spirit of the University’s rich tradition of social justice and educational excellence.”

Dec. 19, 2013 by Julie Michener

See also: Alumnae/i, Leadership, Social Justice