Minnesota State College Southeast names Mary Johnson as Winona's Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for 2017
For 44 years, Mary Johnson has been employed at Minnesota State College Southeast, beginning her career in 1973 after graduating with a diploma from the secretarial science program. She began as a front desk receptionist and admissions secretary, and has served as the College's Registrar since 1993.
On Tuesday, May 9, she was honored as "Outstanding Alumnus of the Year" at the Winona campus graduation ceremony. She was recognized for her years of service to the college and long-time support of MSC Southeast Foundation.
"I was very young when I started working at the college. I had just graduated and I started my first job here on June 11," says Mary. "All I can say is, I had wonderful mentors who have helped me along the way."
Over the years, Mary has witnessed and been involved with many changes at MSC Southeast, including a multitude of name changes, the evolution from a local school district to a statewide college system, the merger with the Red Wing campus, and an entire new mission in 2016 as the college became a comprehensive technical and community college.
"Mary Johnson is highly respected by the College community," says MSC Southeast President Dr. Dorothy Duran. "She works tirelessly to ensure that students' applications, transcripts, and other documents are complete and accurate. As the Registrar, she ensures the integrity of the institution and the value of our students' education."
In the 24 years since she became the college's Registrar, Mary has adapted from the days of paper records to computerized systems, including the complex statewide systems that link the colleges and universities of Minnesota State. She continued her education by earning a certificate in Basic Supervision in 1999.
"Mary is a great source of long-term institutional knowledge. At the same time, she is constantly learning and adapting to change," says President Duran.
Mary Johnson has been constant supporter of Minnesota State College Southeast Foundation, donating to the annual faculty/staff giving campaign as well as contributing to other Foundation fundraisers. She has also volunteered for many college and Foundation events over the years.
"She's always a friendly face to those she comes in contact with and advocates for the college whenever she possibly can," Dr. Duran concludes. "We are proud to call Mary Johnson one of our own and recognize her with this award!"