Colleen Hegranes is an enthusiastic advocate for St. Catherine’s unique mission of women-centered education grounded in the liberal arts and the Catholic tradition of intellectual inquiry and of social justice. Dr. Hegranes has more than 30 years of higher education experience, including several leadership roles in academic and student affairs at St. Kate’s, serving as director of housing, dean of students, vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, and senior vice president and chief academic officer.
In 2013, she was named executive vice president and provost, responsible for academic and student affairs. In that position, Dr. Hegranes reported directly to the President and oversaw the University’s undergraduate and graduate programs, led student-centered, high-impact initiatives, and advanced the important work of faculty and deans across the University. The Provost fostered a spirit of collaboration among all academic and student affairs departments in order to better achieve the mission of the University and create an environment committed to student success.
As a member of the President’s Cabinet, she was deeply involved in strategic planning efforts to renew, re-energize and re-imagine the University, as well as the development of new academic programs that foster continued excellence at St. Kate’s.
Colleen is now Provost Emerita after retiring from her most recent position as Executive Vice President and Provost for St. Catherine University.
In 2006, she was recognized as one of St. Catherine’s Centennial 100 honoring “those 100 individuals or families who had the most significant impact on the development and success of the College of St. Catherine throughout its first 100 years.” Her other professional awards include the Minnesota College Personnel Association’s Linda Schrempp Alberg Award for Outstanding Contributions to Minnesota Higher Education, the William B. Sweet Distinguished Service Award, and the American College Personnel Diamond Honoree Award.
Dr. Hegranes earned her Ed.D. in organizational development from the University of St. Thomas, a master’s degree in counseling and her bachelor of arts in English from Minnesota State University–Moorhead.