Normandale President-elect will assume new position in August.

Introducing Dr. Joyce Ester

On May 21, The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) appointed Joyce Ester as president of Normandale Community College. Her appointment becomes effective Aug. 2, 2014.

“Joyce Ester is an inclusive, transparent, and collaborative leader with a proven commitment to the success of all students,” says MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone.

“She will work together with students, faculty, and staff to build on Normandale's many strengths, and she will develop strong community partnerships that will greatly benefit both the college and the community.”

A wealth of experience

Dr. Ester brings a wealth of experience to the position. She most recently served as president of Kennedy-King College, one of seven colleges within the City Colleges of Chicago district, from 2011 until 2013. Previously, she served as associate vice president for student services at Bakersfield College (California) from 2010 to 2011; as assistant vice president for judicial affairs and division planning at California State University, Fresno, from 2007 to 2010; and as assistant dean of students/judicial affairs at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1995 to 2007.

She holds a BA in sociology from Northern Illinois University and a master's degree and PhD in education from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

A May 22nd campus event welcomed President-elect Ester to Normandale. Chancellor Rosenstone, current Normandale President Joe Opatz and MnSCU Trustee Cheryl Dickson presided over the occasion to formally introduce Dr. Ester to the campus. Dr. Ester notes that she felt Normandale was a great fit for her.

“From the moment I had my first conversation with the search committee, and from the first time I talked to the chancellor, there was something deep inside that said to me this is a place I want to be,” she says.

“When I came to campus to interview, everyone was very genuine. I am excited about this opportunity, and I look forward to the work we will do together.”

When Dr. Ester is officially appointed, she will become the fifth president in Normandale's history.