1st female University of Minnesota president takes office

Joan T.A. Gabel Photo: Courtesy of the University of Minnesota
Joan T.A. Gabel

Updated: July 01, 2019 04:47 PM

Joan T.A. Gabel took office Monday as the 17th president of the University of Minnesota system.

She will preside over a system that includes five campuses, nearly 67,000 students and more than 27,000 faculty and staff across every Minnesota county.


Gabel is the first female president in the University's 167-year history.

According to a press release from the University, she has previously held positions as the executive vice president and provost at the University of South Carolina and dean of the University of Missouri's Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business. 

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"I am filled with excitement and awe when I think about the incredible opportunities we have to advance the University's institutional legacy as a place of discovery and opportunity" Gabel said. 

Gabel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Haverford College in Pennsylvania before going on to get her juris doctor degree from the University of Georgia. 

"Every visit and listening opportunity across our state over the recent months has only affirmed to me just how great our university system is—how great our state is—and how much we can accomplish together," said Gabel.

You can learn more about Gabel here.

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