Steve Crittenden is the new interim vice president of academic and student affairs at Anoka-Ramsey Community College while Diedra Peaslee fills a year-long temporary role as president of St. Paul College.

“Steve is a conscientious leader with experience in many facets of higher education.” Anoka-Ramsey President Kent Hanson said. “I look forward to working with him in this new capacity.”

Crittenden served as the dean of student affairs at Anoka-Ramsey’s Cambridge Campus since 2014 and has worked for the Minnesota State College and University system for more than two decades.

The appointee has a bachelor’s degree in human services from Upper Iowa University and a master’s degree from Southwest Minnesota State University in educational leadership.

Crittenden has held multiple positions at Vermilion Community College and was the dean of student development and campus dean at Northland Community & Technical College. He also served on the Minnesota College Athletic Conference Executive Committee including terms as the vice president and president and currently serves on the board of regents for the National Junior College Athletic Association.

“I am extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to serve our students, staff and faculty in this new role,” Crittenden said. “As educators, we are blessed with the responsibility to positively impact student’s lives every day. It is this philosophy that helps guide me every day. Throughout my professional career I have been fortunate to serve as a professional staff member, coach, instructor and administrator in both academic and student affairs. My hope is to be able draw upon all these experiences to work collaboratively with our faculty and staff to give our students the best possible educational experience in and out of the classroom.”

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