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Academic Affairs

Welcome to Academic Affairs at Minot State!

The academic affairs team is composed of a number of offices and people, including 15 department/division chairs who lead 16 departments and divisions in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Health Sciences, and Business; the Graduate School; Registrar; Office of Sponsored Programs; International Programs; the Honors Program; Institutional Research; Academic Assessment; the Center for Extended Learning; the Gordon B. Olson Library; the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning; and the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities. Some of the academic affairs leadership team members are listed below. Feel free to contact any of us.

Minot State University is a public university dedicated to excellence in education, scholarship, and community engagement achieved through rigorous academic experiences, active learning environments, commitment to public service, and a vibrant campus life.

Minot State University will:

  • Deliver high-quality education where, when, and how it is needed to a diverse, multi-generational student population.
  • Prepare students and the institution for the evolving social and technological challenges of the world.
  • Inspire scholarship and creative activity among students, faculty, and staff.
  • Empower graduates with a distinctive combination of professional expertise and broad-based education to support varied careers and productive lives.

Contact Us:

Laurie Geller 
Laurie Geller, Ed.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office: Second floor of Administration
Phone: (701) 858-3310 / (701) 858-3329
Home Page
Jacek Mrozik 
Jacek Mrozik, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Graduate, Online, Distance, and Continuing Education
Office: 365 Administration
Phone: (701) 858-3113
Center for Extended Learning
Graduate School
Erik Kana 

Erik Kana, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office: 366B Administration
Phone: (701) 858-3064
Home Page

Michael Brooks 
Michael Brooks, Ed.D.
Director of Academic Assessment
Office: 366A Administration
Phone: (701) 858-3990
Home Page
Cari Olson 
Cari Olson
Director, Institutional Research
Office: 363B Administration
Phone: (701) 858-3323
Institutional Research
Rebecca Ringham 
Rebecca Ringham
Office: 161 Administration
Phone: (701) 858-3126
Registrar's Office
Bernt Askvig 

Brent Askvig, Ph.D.
Director, North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities
Office: 234A Memorial
Phone: (701) 858-3052
North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities

Celeste Simmons 
Celeste Simmons
Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs
Office: Second floor of Administration
Phone: (701) 858-3310

Academic Affairs
Minot State University
500 University Avenue West
Minot, ND 58707

Phone: 701-858-3310
Phone: 800-777-0750
Fax: 701-858-3825


MSU Organizational Chart [pdf]

VPAA Organizational Chart [pdf]

University Chairs Council

Department/Division Contacts [pdf]