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Michelle Behr Becomes Chancellor

Michelle Behr
Author: 
Melissa Vangsness
Publication date: 
November 22, 2016
“It is a great privilege to have been selected as Morris’ next chancellor. I am committed to its mission as a public liberal arts college and as I immerse myself in the campus and its culture, I expect my passion for the university will only deepen. I am excited to collaborate with the university community and friends to further the great work already taking place at Morris and together ensure a vibrant future for UMM,” said Behr.

Michelle Behr, Ph.D., has been named chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris. Dr. Behr’s appointment is effective February 6, 2017, pending approval by the Board of Regents at their December 9, 2016 meeting.

“I am thrilled that we are able to attract a leader of Michelle’s caliber,” said University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler. “Michelle’s broad experience in the liberal arts, deep commitment to students, and engagement in the broader higher education community make her an ideal person to lead the Morris campus.”

Dr. Behr is currently the Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dean of the College at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, AL. Prior to her arrival at BSC, she served variously as a faculty member, department chair, university assessment coordinator, and college dean at several public institutions of higher education.

“It is a great privilege to have been selected as Morris’ next chancellor. I am committed to its mission as a public liberal arts college and as I immerse myself in the campus and its culture, I expect my passion for the university will only deepen. I am excited to collaborate with the university community and friends to further the great work already taking place at Morris and together ensure a vibrant future for UMM,” said Behr.

Dr. Behr earned her baccalaureate degree in anthropology with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Arizona State University in anthropology and geography, respectively.

She is a three-time Fulbright Scholar and was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow in 2005-2006. A Curriculum Vitae for Behr is available here.

Dr. Behr will be the sixth chancellor of the Morris campus and succeeds Jacqueline R. Johnson, who is retiring after more than ten years as Morris’s chancellor.