John Coleman, CLA Dean, named 2021 Notable Leader in Higher Education

Twin Cities Business Magazine award recognizes higher education leaders who pour themselves into lifting up the next generation
Dean John Coleman

John Coleman has positioned the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts as a destination college since becoming dean in 2014. While other liberal arts schools have seen enrollment declines, CLA has exceeded its enrollment targets in six of the past seven years. Coleman has doubled the number of scholarships awarded each year and brought an innovative new Liberal Arts Engagement Hub to life in the refurbished Pillsbury Hall, reopening soon. Today, 16 CLA programs rank in the top 25 worldwide.

In July, Coleman concluded the college’s largest-ever capital campaign, raising $177 million for the arts, humanities, and social sciences.


Twin Cities Business Notable Leaders in Higher Education 2021

Our business community depends on higher education to train and prepare a talented workforce. Minnesota boasts an incredible network of colleges and universities staffed by leaders who pour themselves into lifting up the next generation. In 2020, educators persevered and found ways to support students even when campuses shut down due to Covid, forcing everyone remote. For quickly adapting, learning new technologies, and always prioritizing the students, our 2021 Notable Leaders in Higher Education deserve a round of applause.

Learn more about the 2021 Notable Leaders in Higher Education.

Share on: