About M State


On behalf of our faculty and staff, welcome to Minnesota State Community and Technical College! We look forward to working with each of you as we strive to meet the needs of all students, regional businesses and statewide industries by offering an affordable and exceptional education.

Our vision is "A success story for every student," and your success is our No. 1 priority, whether you are attending one of our four campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead or Wadena, or taking classes online or at an off-site location. We are here to serve you, no matter what stage you're at in your educational journey.

Our students come to M State for a variety of reasons - for career and technical training programs, for transfer education, for enhancing their job skills to become a better employee or for the pleasure of lifelong learning. We recognize that every M State student has a story and brings their life experiences and dreams into our classrooms, and we are honored to have the privilege of working with you to meet your educational goals.

Our faculty and staff are "all in" in their dedication to the values of integrity, inclusion and innovation reflected in our programs and in the support we offer to our students. M State takes pride in its beautiful campuses, and we invite you to visit our buildings and classrooms to see our mission in action: "We welcome all students and engage them in shaping their futures and their communities."

Learn more about M State's program and career opportunities, our affordability, the services we provide to all students and the many ways we help to strengthen business and industry development in our region through Workforce Development Solutions.

Best wishes and thank you for choosing M State! You belong here.


Carrie Brimhall, Ph.D
M State Alumnus 1997


M State President's Cabinet

President's Cabinet functions as the administrative leadership team at M State. Membership includes the president, vice presidents and divisional leaders from all areas of the college.


Dr. Carrie Brimhall, President

Dr. Carrie L. Brimhall was named president of Minnesota State Community and Technical College in July 2018. A first-generation student and graduate of M State, Brimhall is focused on helping all students achieve. She has a reputation as a leader with a vision for the future of higher education and community colleges, and as a champion for the missions of community and technical colleges.

She previously served M State continuously for approximately 20 years as director(s) of housing, admissions, recruitment, and retention from 1998 until 2008; as dean of enrollment from 2008 until 2011; as interim provost from 2011 until 2012; as associate vice president of Academic and Student Affairs from 2012 to 2014; and most recently as chief academic officer and vice president of academic affairs since 2014.

Brimhall earned her doctoral degree in organization and management with a specialization in leadership at Capella University, a master's degree in organization and management at Capella University, a bachelor's degree in communications at Concordia College and her associate of arts degree at M State.

Dr. Carrie Brimhall
Title: President
Office phone: 218.736.1503


Shawn Anderson, Dean of Student Affairs

Shawn Anderson joined M State in 2006 as dean of student services for the Moorhead campus, and in 2012 he was named to the college-wide position of dean of student affairs. His role includes providing strategic leadership for academic advising, enrollment growth, enrollment/admissions, financial aid, housing and residential life, student conduct and student engagement/life.

His previous employment in higher education includes positions as a graduate assistant at Central Connecticut University; house advisor for residential life at Vassar College; assistant director of administration and resident director of residential life at the University of Hartford; and associate dean of student services and director of student services at Albertus Magnus College.

Anderson earned his M.S. degree in Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University and a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

He is a graduate of Luoma Leadership Academy and completed the Clery Act Compliance Training Academy, and in 2016 Anderson was awarded M State's Distinguished Service Award.

Shawn Anderson
Title: Dean of Student Affairs
Office phone: 218.299.6535


Dr. Matt Borcherding, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Matthew Borcherding has served as the dean of liberal arts and sciences since December 2016. He joined M State as a biology faculty member on the Fergus Falls campus in 2011 and also has been an adjunct professor of higher education at a regional university.

As dean, Borcherding oversees general education curriculum for the college, including University Centers, transfer pathways, developmental education, fine arts and athletics. He also is responsible for enrollment growth and budget development for the Liberal Arts and Sciences major.

He was a recipient of the Minnesota State Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching award in 2017, and the NISOD Excellence in Teaching award, the President's Distinguished Achievement award and Outstanding Faculty of the Year, all in 2016.

Borcherding's research interests focused on central nervous system depressants and their effects on learning, memory and social and academic involvement, and he has published and presented nationally on the topic.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Microbiology and a master's degree in Biology Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a doctoral degree in Higher Education from St. Cloud State University.

Dr. Matthew Borcherding
Title: Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Office phone: 218.736.1506


Steve Erickson, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation

As M State's dean of institutional effectiveness and accreditation, Steve Erickson provides leadership in institutional research, institutional planning, assessment and institutional accreditation.

Erickson joined M State in 2014 as director of institutional research and has held roles including dean of eCampus, dean of institutional effectiveness and dean of technical programs.

Before joining M State, Erickson held administrative roles and faculty positions at Heald College in Portland, Ore., and also taught at Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon. Prior to entering the field of education, Erickson was an electrical and biomedical engineer focusing on test engineering, systems engineering and research into high-frequency ultrasound.

Erickson holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa.

He is an active member of his community, engaged in Rotary and coaching youth hockey and soccer. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, mountain biking and many other active sports.

Steve Erickson
Title: Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation
Office phone: 218.846.3721


Jennifer Jacobson, Dean of Health

Dean of Health Careers Jennifer Jacobson joined M State in 2003 and was appointed to her current position in 2013. Her previous academic experience includes teaching practical and associate degree nursing students in the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings, and BSN clinical for an area university.

Jacobson's academic administrative experience includes developing new programs, supporting accreditation in multiple health programs and serving on multiple strategic planning initiatives and the M State Academic Affairs and Standards Council, as well as providing oversight and mentorship for the faculty and staff who support the health career programs. In 2010, she received a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development award and in 2016 was awarded the M State President's Award for Excellence.

Jacobson currently serves on the North Dakota Council for Developmental Disabilities and the CNEA Initial Program Application Subcommittee, and she is a CNEA on-site peer evaluator and a Special Olympics volunteer. She has previously participated in U.S. Sen. Al Franken's Rural Healthcare Round Table discussions, state Sen. Karin Housley's Aging and Long-Term Care Policy Committee listening session and U.S. Sen. Tina Smith's Workforce Round Table. Her local, state and regional committee service has included Healthcare Action Committee for the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, Fargo-Moorhead First Responder's Breakfast Club, Minnesota State University Moorhead Healthcare Sector Breakfast, Minnesota Statewide AD/PN Directors Group, Fargo Moorhead Clinical Facilities and Academic Faculties Collaborative.

She earned bachelor's degrees in home economics from North Dakota State University and nursing from Minot State University, and a master's degree in nursing from University of South Alabama. Her special area of interest in nursing is congenital or acquired disabilities. Jacobson also is a certified 235-hour yoga instructor, is Reiki Level II certified and enjoys "anything artsy" - sewing, painting, drawing and photography.

Jennifer Jacobson
Title: Dean of Health
Office phone: 218.299.6817


Dacia Johnson, Chief Human Resources Officer

Dacia Johnson provides leadership and direction for all Minnesota State Community and Technical College human resource activities, including both recruiting and hiring a qualified and diverse workforce and management of employee compensation and benefit programs.

Prior to joining M State in 1998, she worked for 10 years in management and human resources in private industry. She earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Minnesota State University Moorhead and an MBA from Southwest State University in Marshall.

She is active in a number of community organizations, including Fergus Falls Area Dollars for Scholars, Friends of the Orchestra , Agassiz Agri-Women and her church.

Dacia Johnson, MBA, SHRM Senior Certified Professional
: Chief Human Resources Officer
Office phone:


Dan Knudson, Chief Information Officer

As M State's chief information officer, Dan Knudson is responsible for all college technology including computer services, web services and technical services (networking, telecommunications and programming).

Knudson joined the staff of the M State help desk in 1996 and has since worked in the Information Technology Department, as an IT specialist and manager and in positions including director of technology, director of network services and chief information officer for the Fergus Falls campus.

Before joining the college, Knudson was a computer technician/network administrator at The Computer Place in Fergus Falls. He earned his bachelor of science degree in computer science from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Dan Knudson
: Chief Information Officer
Office phone
: 218.736.1657


Angela Mathers, Dean of Academic Support and Partnerships

As M State's dean of academic support and partnerships, Angela Mathers provides leadership for the libraries, Spartan Centers and K12 collaborative partnerships. She joined M State in 2011 as the director of student life and subsequently served as director of student engagement, dean of academic quality and support, and dean of academic support and inclusion. Most recently, she has taken on oversight of the K12 team.

Mathers earned her bachelor's degree in Mass and Speech Communication and master's degree in Sociology, both from North Dakota State University. While at NDSU, she kindled a passion for social justice and civic engagement, serving as the graduate assistant for the Office of Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach from 2008-2010.

Prior to joining M State, she served as an area representative with ASSE International Student Exchange and as the community development director at THE GOD'S CHILD Project. Mathers is an alum of the United Way's 35 under 35 Leadership Program, the NEW Leadership Development Institute, a 2015 recipient of M State's Distinguished Achievement Award and a 2009 recipient of NDSU's Tapestry for Diverse Talents award.

She serves as secretary on the Fargo-Moorhead Jeremiah Program Board of Trustees and has mentored her Little Sister through the Village's Big Brothers, Big Sisters program for the last seven years. Mathers is an avid CrossFit enthusiast and enjoys camping, yoga and spending time with daughter Ellie, partner Michael and the family dog, Winston.

Angela Mathers
Title: Dean of Academic Support and Partnerships
Office phone: 218.299.6853


Pat Nordick, Chief Financial Officer

Pat Nordick joined M State in 1992 as business manager for the Moorhead campus and was named chief financial officer for the college in 1997. As CFO, he is responsible for management and oversight of financial services for the college, including budgeting, purchasing, accounting, payroll, risk management, accounts receivable and payable, financial statements, audit and asset management. He also provides fiscal guidance to the college president.

Nordick also oversees operation of college facilities, including capital planning, oversight of capital projects, facility maintenance and repair, and college safety and security programs.

Nordick previously served as business manager at Shanley High School in Fargo and executive director for the Fargo Catholic Schools Network. He attended Bemidji State University, where he earned a degree in finance administration.

Pat Nordick
Chief Financial Officer
Office phone
: 218.631.7920


G.L. Tucker, Workforce Development Solutions Executive Director

G.L. Tucker is the executive director of Workforce Development Solutions. He has been with M State for the past six years, three of them in his current role. Prior to joining, M State, Tucker spent more than 30 years in business and industry in a variety of engineering and management roles.

G.L. Tucker
Executive Director, Workforce Development Solutions
Office phone:


Carrie Ward, Dean of Career and Technical Programs

Carrie Ward
Title: Dean of Career and Technical Programs
Office phone: 218.299.6631


Dr. Peter Wielinski, Interim Executive Director of Public Information and Government Affairs

Peter Wielinski joined M State in 2011 as chief student services officer for the college's four campuses and its online program. In 2019, he accepted the opportunity to pilot the position of interim executive director of public information and government affairs to build the external positioning the college needs in support of the Vision 2025 plan. Wielinski will further develop M State's relationships with regional organizations, civic groups, and governmental agencies, legislators, and representatives. He will also work toward identification, documentation and communication of key processes associated with web governance, content management, legislative outreach, external stakeholder engagement, social media and marketing.

Wielinski previously served in administration at Lake Superior College in Duluth, where he was vice president of quality and strategic development, dean of students, associate dean of students and learning support, and director of counseling, advising and career services. Over the previous 19 years, he also served two other campuses within the Minnesota State system and in the system's office of the chancellor.

He earned his doctorate in educational administration from Capella University's School of Education, his master's degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and his bachelor's degree in theatre arts from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities.

Dr. Peter Wielinski
Title: Interim Executive Director of Public Information and Government Affairs
Office phone:

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