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of Lambda Alpha International

What’s New on Higher Education Campuses?

Meet the Chancellor of Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
3:30 to 6 pm

at Metro State University's Great Hall
700 East 7th Street, St. Paul, MN

Please join us to hear directly from Chancellor Scott Olson as he addresses real estate concerns and opportunities across the 54 campuses of Minnesota State. We’ll learn how buildings, public space and overall campus environments are supporting the changing needs of higher education students. Chancellor Olson will explain the differences between urban and rural land use across the many campuses of the Minnesota System. And we’ll get an insider’s perspective of the full campus facilities improvement process, from initial planning to final construction.  

Minnesota State includes 26 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 300,000 students. It is the third-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the U.S. The 54 campuses of Minnesota State have a physical footprint of 843 academic buildings and 28.5 million square feet of facility space, about one-third of the total square footage of state public buildings.

In 2023, Scott Olson was appointed Chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. 

Dr. Olson served as president of Winona State University from 2012-2023. Under his leadership, Winona State earned a reputation for academic excellence and became known for delivering high rates of student success.

Throughout his 20-year career in the Minnesota State system, Olson has been a leader in major strategic initiatives. He is an advocate for both system-level solutions and the need for campus autonomy to meet local needs.

Connecting Professionals

Lambda Alpha International (LAI) is the global network for distinguished professionals in all fields related to land economics and the use and development of land. LAI is committed to promoting best practices and making a difference in our communities. The 2,000-plus international members of LAI make valuable connections locally and with peers worldwide. The Minnesota Chapter offers thought-provoking programs and activities with top speakers, relevant forums and networking events.