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College Leadership

As the largest college at the University of Minnesota, “dedicated to education in the liberal tradition that fosters enriched, productive, and satisfying lives,” CLA leadership takes seriously its responsibility to advance the liberal education of students across the university. CLA’s mission is to guarantee that students are exposed to and become proficient with broad, pluralistic, and complex forms of knowledge. It prepares students to think and act creatively, compassionately, and ethically in their private and public lives and to respond to the needs of others in local and global contexts. College leadership believes that a liberal arts education should promote active, experiential learning; foster students’ intellectual passion and curiosity; and prepare students for their lives after graduation and to take their place as global citizens.

Name Contact
John Coleman
215 Johnston Hall
Jane Blocker
Associate Dean for Arts & Humanities
405 Heller Hall
Howard Lavine
Associate Dean for Social Sciences
1360 Social Science Building
Ascan Koerner
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
244 Ford Hall
Steven Manson
Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education
473 Social Science Building
Janet Bouyer
Director of Human Resources
212 Johnston Hall
Louis Clark
Chief Advancement Officer
220 Johnston Hall
Brent Gustafson
Chief Financial Officer
208 Johnston Hall
Jamey Hansen
Chief Information Officer
110 Anderson Hall
Kathryn Louis
Chief of Staff
215 Johnston Hall