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U of M Crookston Chancellor Charles Casey to retire

Charles Casey, who’s been chancellor of the University of Minnesota’s Crookston campus, will retire at the end of the school year. University officials plan a national search for his successor.

Casey, a veterinarian, has held positions at the U of M for 35 years, including serving as a member of the board of regents, and as dean and director of University of Minnesota Extension.

“This is the right time for me to step down after a long and satisfying career,” Casey said. “This is a time of significant challenges for higher education, but by most measures, the University of Minnesota, Crookston is thriving and well positioned for further growth.”

University President Eric Kaler said: “Chuck’s contributions to the entire University and state have been significant, including his leadership for UMC, Extension, and on the Board of Regents.”

University officials said that during Casey’s tenure at Crookston, the school added bachelor’s degrees in biology, criminal justice, environmental sciences, marketing and software engineering. And in 2009 the campus opened an online-learning support and referral center serving the entire university system.

The Crookston campus had an all-time record of 1,600 students enrolled for fall semester 2011, with students from 40 states and 30 countries.

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