A Tribute to Earl H. Potter III

June 14, 2016

In an already heartbreaking week, the news of St. Cloud State University President Earl H. Potter’s death in a car accident is devastating. A past board member, vice-chair, and chair of the Minnesota Campus Compact (MNCC) board of directors, he steadfastly advocated and practiced thoughtful civic dialogue and action. He sought to integrate community engagement into every aspect of SCSU’s operations as essential to its communities and to education for “work, life, and citizenship.” He was a national leader too, serving on Campus Compact’s organizational development and strategic planning task force, while also contributing significantly to AASCU’s American Democracy Project and other networks. For the MNCC staff, Earl was a role model and guide who inspired us to strive for excellence, to continue learning from people in a wide range of fields, and to ground decisions in clear analysis, goals, and values.

Read the full tribute from Minnesota Campus Compact.

One thought on “A Tribute to Earl H. Potter III”

  1. I had the utmost respect for Earl Potter and will miss him deeply. He possessed a diversity of gifts which enabled him to lead effectively in the plurality of roles expected of a university president. Moreover he was always invested in the welfare of his sister institutions both public and private, and was a model of collaboration. We at Concordia University St. Paul commend him to the God of grace, peace, and mercy.

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