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WDN: Rising Stars: Travis Thul

From the Rising Stars: 24 community leaders in the 7 Rivers Region series

Ryan Stotts For River Valley Media
Oct 17, 2017

Travis Thul sees a dean as the grease in the wheels of academia.

If grease is roughly equivalent to dynamism, then Thul has more than enough to spare. As dean of Trade and Technology and Business and Transportation at Minnesota State College Southeast, Thul admits it's the hardest he's ever worked on anything in his life.

"Within a single month, I can work with an Ethiopian refugee to find employment while retooling his skills in one of our engineering technology programs," Thul said. "I can drive a first-generation college student back to his home because he lacks transportation, and I can work with a single mother to ensure she has financial aid and a flexible academic schedule. Although these gestures, and my role, are only a small part in the collegiate orchestra which will be the backdrop of those students' successes, I will always enjoy knowing that I played my small part in getting them there."

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