December 06, 2017

St. Kate's welcomes Winter 2017 Commencement speaker

Rassoul Dastmozd will be the guest speaker at St. Catherine University's Winter 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, December 2, in The O'Shaughnessy.

Dastmozd is the president/CEO of Saint Paul College, one of 31 independently accredited colleges and universities of Minnesota State — and a partner in the recently launched St. Kate’s Complete program, which offers community college students a smooth transition to St. Kate’s for bachelor’s degree completion.

Since taking the helm in 2011, Dastmozd has led his college, which has a total enrollment of 12,000 students, to national recognition as the No. 1 community college in the United States as ranked by Washington Monthly magazine.

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D., president/CEO of Saint Paul College, will be the guest speaker at Winter 2017 Commencement.

Through his leadership, Saint Paul College was honored with the 2016 H.E.R.B.I.E. Award by the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce — for giving back to the community and for fostering strategic partnerships with local public, private and nonprofit organizations. It was also named an Outstanding Business Success by the Chamber. Additionally, Dastmozd received the 2016 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction by Phi Theta Kappa and the 2016 Minnesota Business Magazine (Real) Power of 50 award.

He has experience in strategic planning, accreditation and accountability initiatives, recently completing and operationalizing a strategic plan and vision for his community college. He has also guided it to meeting and exceeding statewide completion benchmarks in the areas of student success, diversity, number of certificates/degrees awarded, efficient use of resources, stewardship of facilities and fiscal management, and development of new resources.

Dastmozd has served on several regional and national boards including the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Diversity Commission, AACC Master Mentor for MentorLink, National Science Foundation National Visiting Team, CyberWatch West and The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations, to name a few.

Before joining Saint Paul College, Dastmozd was Clark College’s vice president of instruction and workforce education for five years. Prior to that, he was the dean of the applied technologies division for the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges District (Scott Community College) from 1999 to 2006.

Dastmozd holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology from Southwest State University in Minnesota, a master’s degree in educational administration from Drake University in Iowa, and a doctorate in education & human resources from Colorado State University.

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