Dr. Larry A. Lundblad, Interim President
Minnesota State College Southeast
Dr. Larry A. Lundblad has served as Interim President of Minnesota State College Southeast since February 2018. Initially asked to serve in a one-year capacity until June 2019, his role at the college was extended through June 2021 as he has continued to build stability and success at the college. His previous leadership roles at two colleges with distinct similarities to MSC Southeast have made him keenly aware of the challenges and opportunities that exist for an institution with a rural location, dual campuses, and a wide range of program offerings.
Prior to coming to MSC Southeast, Dr. Lundblad served as president of Central Lakes College in Staples and Brainerd for 10 years. His accomplishments there included the development of collaborations with regional business, industry, and agriculture partners; positioning the college as a critical player in regional and statewide economic development efforts; and building strong partnerships with the public schools. During his tenure at CLC, the college was recognized as one of the Top 150 Community Colleges by Aspen Institute twice (2010, 2014). He retired in 2016 and was named President Emeritus of Central Lakes College by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. He was also recognized as College President of the Year (2016) by the Minnesota State College Student Association (now LeadMN).
From 1977 to 2006, Larry Lundblad progressed through a number of leadership roles in a 29-year career at South Central College. He began as a faculty member, teaching agri-business, sales, marketing, and management courses. In 1988, he transitioned to the role of Curriculum Specialist and led an initiative to convert to a credit-based curriculum. Beginning in 1991, he served as Dean of Curriculum and Instruction (North Mankato campus) before assuming the role of Vice President of Academic Affairs from 1993-2006.
Dr. Lundblad holds a Ph.D. with an emphasis in career and technical education, training development and adult education from the University of Minnesota. He earned two master's degrees from Minnesota State University, Mankato: one in industry psychology and one in continuing studies. He holds a bachelor's degree in horticulture and agronomy from Iowa State University and a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Minnesota State University, Mankato.