(Rochester, MN) Rochester Community and Technical College is proud to announce Interim President Dr. Mary Davenport was awarded the LeadMn 2018 President of the Year, Saturday evening at its annual General Assembly held in Breezy Point, MN.


"President Davenport embodies everything that is great about the Minnesota State community," said Mike Dean, Executive Director of LeadMN, the statewide student association for community and technical college students. "She goes to work every day with the goal of making an impact on student lives by encouraging an educational environment that propels students to reach for the stars."


RCTC Student Senate President Sarah Brakebill-Hacke, added, “I learned more about leadership from President Davenport than anyone I have ever known. She has been a steadfast supporter of students, she has gained the trust of the faculty and administration, and most importantly, she has facilitated communication and cooperation among all the various groups on campus: faculty, students and staff. There is no person that could possibly deserve this award more than President Davenport, and I offer my heartfelt thanks and congratulations to her on a job well done.”


The entire RCTC community thanks President Davenport for her tireless dedication to student success—not only at RCTC, but throughout her three-decade career serving Minnesota State students, faculty, and staff.


LeadMN also honored Heather Darby with its Alumni of the Year award.  Ms. Darby graduated from RCTC in 2000 and was RCTC’s Student Senate President in 1999-2000. "This alumni member has been a huge help to what goes on behind the scenes," said Chelsea Self, Public Relations Coordinator for LeadMN, "from reading hundreds of scholarship applications to assisting with our annual scholarship gala." This is the second time that Ms. Darby has been honored with this award.


LeadMN - College students connecting for change. We represent 180,000 two-year college students that come to Minnesota to transform their lives and their communities. Our students LeadMN by developing the leadership skills to realize their potential, see beyond what they thought was possible for personal success, and to drive community-wide change.


Established in 1915, RCTC is the largest higher education provider in the fastest-growing city in Minnesota, serving more than 8,000 students a year in credit courses and nearly 3,700 in non-credit continuing and workforce education programs. RCTC combines the best in liberal arts, technical, and life-long learning with more than 70 credit-based programs and over 100 credential options. RCTC’s expansive 518-acre campus includes university partnerships, a diverse student body, and a vibrant student life program. RCTC provides a unique learning environment that offers the feel of a four-year university campus with the commitment to access and opportunity of a two-year college.


The Minnesota State system consists of 37 colleges and universities with over 16,000 employees offering nearly 4,000 educational programs to nearly 400,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system in the United States.


RCTC is a member of the Minnesota State system.