President Bob Griggs
President of Southeast Tech, Robert Griggs is pleased to lead the overall vision and
direction for the organization. He has served in progressively responsible roles in
higher education for more than 20 years as a faculty member, department chair, dean,
associate vice president, and academic vice president; most recently within the Minnesota
State College and University System. He has been responsible for providing executive
oversight and strategic guidance in the planning, development, and evaluation of all
aspects of credit and non-credit academic programming.
As a first-generation college student he is passionate about student access, affordability, and transferability. In this regard, he has collaboratively assisted faculty to revise academic programs to improve the quality of offerings and to better align with business and industry needs; led college-wide master academic planning efforts; participated in a successful $35 million-dollar capital campaign; developed new academic pathways for students through the creation of "stackable credentials"; and created collaborative partnerships with school districts, non-profits, business/industry, tribal colleges and other higher education institutions in neighboring states and other countries including Canada, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Russia and China.
Committed to community involvement, Robert was actively engaged in a number of community organizations and has served as a long-time member of the Bemidji Community Education Board and was selected as the incoming Chair of the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce. Prior to moving to Sioux Falls, Robert and his wife Susan lived in Bemidji for 16 years and they have three children, Matthew, Lauren, and Josh.
Vice President of Finance and Operations
Vice President for Enrollment Management
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