A strong dedication to community partnerships at St. Cloud State « Campus in Community

A strong dedication to community partnerships at St. Cloud State

By Earl H. Potter III, President of St. Cloud State University and Minnesota Campus Compact board member

This post is excerpted from: “To a higher degree: SCSU is committed to community partnerships,” St. Cloud Times, Sunday July 25, 2010

Across America, colleges and universities are seeking collaboration with their communities to address issues that affect us all. St. Cloud State is a committed participant in this movement.

When I arrived in St. Cloud three years ago, I encountered city leaders who understood the university exists within the community and the well-being of one affects that of the other. These leaders did not simply talk about partnership; they acted on what they believed.

Neighborhood residents and property owners, leaders in business and the arts and a host of others have joined in strengthening “town-and-gown” partnerships that are making this a better, more enjoyable and safer community. It doesn’t hurt that many of these partners, including the mayor, are alumni of St. Cloud State.

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