Inch inaugurated as MSU’s Thirteenth president

After a year’s delay due to Covid-19, the inauguration of the thirteenth President of Minnesota State University, Mankato Edward Inch took place in the Bresnan Arena on Sept. 9 as fellow faculty, staff and students were in attendance to celebrate. 

Events were hosted almost every day leading up to the inauguration such as pizza with the president, the scholar walk and faculty BBQ.

Starting with the Master of Ceremonies featuring David Hood, Provost & Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs addressed the fellow presidents of the Minn State system who came to support the new president. Following was the posting of colors by MSU’s ROTC students as greetings from faculty, MSU alumni and current students followed.

Emma Zellmer, president of student government at MSU, welcomed Inch to MSU on the behalf of students.

“Our students and alumni come from all different backgrounds from every corner of our state, country and all across the world. Together we are a campus community with big ideas and real-world thinking, that is always working toward becoming more inclusive, accessible and welcoming,” Zellmer said. “This is a community that we know president Inch is a perfect fit for.”

As a fourth-generation MSU student, Zellmer went on to speak about president Inch’s efforts in focusing on the student experience and the importance of student success.

Devinder Malhotra, the Minnesota State Chancellor was among those who addressed Inch on his new endeavors. 

“I charge you president Inch to use your qualities of leadership, your sound judgment, your personal integrity together with the strengths of this university to collaborate with colleagues across the state to advance teaching, learning and public service to benefit the state of Minnesota,” Malholtra said. 

Presenting the presidential medallion was Roger Moe, chair of the Minnesota State Board of Trustees who also conducted the oath of office.

Inch then was sworn in as MSU’s 13th president and shared a few words with the congregation.

“When I accepted the position, I made a promise, and I affirm that promise today, to do all I can to lead this university with a focus on student success,” Inch said. “Partnering with our community, and cultivating a culture based on innovation, inclusivity and inspiration.”

Shedding light on the various communities on campus, Inch was delighted to be honored and thanked those who attended.

“At this university, we will be poised to provide the springboard and support for them, to accomplish their dreams and I am honored to say go Mavs,” Inch said.

Header Photo: President Inch gets sworn in at his inauguration on Sept. 9 as the thirteenth president of Minnesota State University, Mankato. (Julia Barton/The Reporter)

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