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MSC Southeast

CONTACT: Katryn Conlin, Communications Director
Southeast Technical
651-385-6364 phone 
1-877-853-8324, ext. 6364

For Immediate Release

Dr. Leslie K. Bleskachek joins administration of Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical as Vice President of Academic Affairs

Leslie Bleskachek 250 px(Winona, MN) January 13, 2015 -- Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical is pleased to announce that Dr. Leslie Bleskachek (BLESS-kah-check) has been appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs, effective January 5, 2015. 

Dr. Bleskachek comes to the college from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, where she had served as a districtwide academic dean and divisional dean since 2008. Previously she held leadership roles at Chippewa Valley Technical College in River Falls, WI, and at the New Richmond campus of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. She also served as an academic program manager at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls from 1995-2004. 

Bleskachek holds an Ed.D. in higher education from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, a master of arts in organizational leadership from Bethel University in St. Paul, and a bachelor of arts in Spanish and communications from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. An educator herself, she has post-secondary teaching experience in business leadership and Spanish. 

Leslie Bleskachek has been named a 2015 fellow in the Association for Career and Technical Education National Leadership Fellowship Program. This exclusive program for community and technical college educators encourages leadership development, public policy knowledge, and professional development.

"I am very excited to be joining the team at Southeast Technical and I really look forward to serving the students and the region. The college has a wonderful reputation in career and technical education," Leslie Bleskachek said, adding, "I have been very impressed by the faculty, staff and facilities, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with President Duran and everyone here at the college."

President Dorothy Duran noted that one of Leslie Bleskachek's first actions when starting her new position at the college was to make a personal donation to Southeast Technical Foundation's scholarship fund. "I am impressed that Leslie's commitment to our students already extends to her personal support of their financial needs. This is just one facet of her focus on student success. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Bleskachek to Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical," she said.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact Katryn Conlin, 1-651-385-6364 or 


About Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical

With a clear mission of "Education to Employment," Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical provides students a strong foundation for acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they will need for a lifetime of learning. Its Winona and Red Wing campuses merged in 1992, becoming Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in 1999. For more information, visit

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