MSCS College Administration
Dr. Marsha Danielson, President
Dr. Marsha A. Danielson became the ninth president of Minnesota State College Southeast on July 1, 2021. Previously, she served served South Central College (SCC), a comprehensive community and technical college with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato, in a number of leadership roles. From 2016 to 2021 she was vice president of economic development, advising the president on corporate education, economic development, and growth opportunities for the college, and providing leadership in many functional areas including government and international relations, grants, communications, and comprehensive workforce solutions. She served SCC as senior associate to the president from 2013 to 2016 and as dean of economic development from 2007 to 2013. She also served Minnesota State University, Mankato from 1996 to 2007 in several areas including development, alumni relations, external relations, and marketing and communications. She holds a bachelor's degree and a master's from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a doctorate in community college leadership from Ferris State University (MI).
Chad Dull, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Chad Dull has served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at MSC Southeast since August of 2019. Besides managing all aspects of academics at the college, including over 60 full and part-time faculty who teach in more than 30 programs, Chad oversees Customized Training and Continuing Education, HLC accreditation, and partnership with secondary schools across the region. He previously worked in secondary and post-secondary education for more than 20 years as an instructor and administrator. Believing in the power of education to create social mobility and change lives, Chad is a passionate advocate for students in the crisis of poverty and has presented across the country on the topic. He regularly contributes guest editorials to regional newspapers and hosts his own podcast and blog on poverty informed practice in higher education. Chad earned a B.S. in education from Winona State University and a master's degree in education from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Josiah Litant, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Josiah S. Litant is responsible for the student experience outside of the classroom. His areas of oversight include admissions and enrollment, marketing, registration, financial aid, student success and retention, academic support, diversity and inclusion, veteran's affairs, disability services, ADA compliance, health and wellness, Title IX, and student conduct. Prior to joining MSC Southeast in 2018, Josiah Litant was the co-founder and executive director of LightHouse Holyoke, an independent middle and high school in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He served for ten years at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, the last six as the Senior Associate Dean of Students. Josiah holds a master's degree in educational administration from Goddard College and a bachelor's degree in education from Hampshire College. He serves on the board of Engage Winona as President and Chair.
Amy Schmidt, Vice President of Finance and Administration
Amy Schmidt is a skilled administrator with more than 18 years of experience working with educational organizations. She is accomplished in working with executive leaders to develop strategic, financial, and growth strategies that benefit students and communities. Prior to joining the administration of MSC Southeast in 2020, she served as business manager and then controller at Western Technical College in La Crosse and was an accountant/controller for the Caledonia School District. Amy earned a bachelor of science in Accounting at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a master's degree in Business Administration at Viterbo University. She has been a certified public accountant since 2000.
Rick Nahrgang, Chief Information Officer
Rick Nahrgang has worked within the field of information technology since 1991, gaining a wide range of experience in both private industry and public higher education. His leadership role at MSC Southeast encompasses systems development and administration, project and change management, college-wide technology support, and external communications. He is an active participant in several Minnesota State initiatives to guide and implement new technologies. Rick holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Winona State University. He has been part of the MSC Southeast team since 2011.
Megan Zeches, Chief Human Resources Officer
Megan Zeches has served as MSC Southeast's Chief Human Resources Officer since March 2021. With 13 years of progressive HR experience, she is skilled in employee relations, benefits administration, recruitment, and compliance. Prior to joining MSC Southeast, Megan served as the Sr. HR Manager-Americas for BCS Automotive Interface Solutions and as HR Generalist for The Watkins Co., both in Winona. She also held various HR positions at Mayo Clinic and Eaton Corporation. Megan has a bachelor's degree in Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University and a master's degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from University of Minnesota.
Heather Conley, Dean of Academic Innovation
As Dean of Academic Innovation, Heather Conley is focused on resource development and leadership for new and emerging career and technical programs. She oversees MSC Southeast's innovative advanced manufacturing, transportation, and Bicycle Design & Fabrication programs. She also manages the college's Customized Training and Continuing Education division. With an extensive background in grant development and oversight, Heather previously served as an Assistant Dean at Montana Technological University and Director of Grants Development at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa. She holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Iowa. She joined the administration of MSC Southeast in 2020.
Rita L. Rahoi-Gilchrest,Dean of Faculty and Academic Operations
Rita L. Rahoi-Gilchrest, PhD, is the Dean of Faculty and Academic Operations at MSC Southeast, where she provides oversight and support to the majority of programs on both campuses. She comes to this role with 13 years of experience in higher education administration and management and more than 25 years of experience in teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. She is a recognized expert in Quality Matters online education and the author of numerous academic publications. She earned a B.A. in Organizational Communication and Public Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and both a master's degree and a Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication (now Communication Studies) at Ohio University. She joined the administration of MSC Southeast in 2021.