MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Dr. Suzanne Rivera, who comes to Macalester from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, will begin her term as president this summer.

Rivera – who will be the first female and Latinx president the college’s history – currently serves as Vice President of Research and Technology Management.

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She will succeed Brian Rosenberg, who announced last spring he would be stepping down after 17 years of service.

“Dr. Rivera has distinguished herself through her work as an ethicist; her record of advancing the values of service, internationalism, and multiculturalism that define our institution; and her accomplishment as a senior leader in academia,” said Jerry Crawford ’71, Chair of the Macalester College Board of Trustees.

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Rivera holds a B.A. in American Civilization from Brown University, a Master of Social Welfare degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas.

She is active nationally in research policy, and in a range of social justice and equity initiatives.

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“It’s an incredible honor and privilege to join the Macalester family,” Rivera said. “This is a community where curious people thrive, where individuality is celebrated, and where the purpose of education is to equip students with tools to make an impact in a wider world.”