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Inauguration of Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause Set for Friday, April 6, 2018

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Friday, March 16, 2018

Ceremonies for the inauguration of Mary Holz-Clause, Ph.D., as the sixth chancellor for the University of Minnesota Crookston are set for Friday, April 6, 2018, at noon in Kiehle Auditorium on the U of M Crookston campus.

A reception will follow the ceremony in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. All faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the public are invited to attend the inauguration and reception as guests of the campus in celebration of this historic event. chancellor holz-clause

Special guests on campus for the dedication and inauguration will include University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and several members of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.

An online guest book is available along with inauguration details at


Holz-Clause comes from California State Polytechnic (Cal Poly) University Pomona, where she has served since 2014 as dean of the Huntley College of Agriculture and as a tenured professor in the Department of Agricultural Business Management and Agriculture Science. In that role, she oversees a student body of more than 2,000 — many of whom are underrepresented minorities and/or first generation college students — 150 faculty and staff as well as five departments, four centers and nine farms and enterprises.

Prior to her work at Cal Poly Pomona, Holz-Clause served as vice president for economic development at the University of Connecticut (UConn), where she oversaw initial development of the UConn Technology Park in Storrs, Conn., and created an Office of Economic Development, garnering millions in outside contracts.

Accepting the chancellorship of the University of Minnesota Crookston marks a return to the Midwest for Holz-Clause, who has spent much of her life in Iowa—more specifically, at Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames. After earning her B.S. in Agriculture Business, a Master in Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Agriculture Education and Extension there, Holz-Clause spent 25 years working at her alma mater. During that time, she helped ISU Extension become a dynamic engagement and outreach partner across Iowa, the U.S. and the world.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations


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