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THE COLLEGE OF ST. SCHOLASTICA
SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED ITS 105 TH ACADEMIC YEAR IN FISCAL YEAR 2017.
HIGHLIGHTS • Wolfgang Natter, Ph.D., was named Vice President for
Academic Affairs. He came to St. Scholastica following a
successful tenure as Vice President of Academic Affairs,
Dean of Faculty, and Professor at Chestnut Hill College in
Philadelphia. He has earned tenure and promotion in three
disciplines and been awarded Fulbright, Leibniz and Max
Planck visiting appointments. Dr. Natter earned a Ph.D. from
The Johns Hopkins University.
• Ellen Johnson ’01 was named Vice President for Enrollment
Management. She came from Simmons College in Boston, MA,
where she served as Director of Undergraduate Admission.
She earned a Master of Education in Policy, Planning and
Administration with a Higher Education concentration from
Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary
education from St. Scholastica.
• Karen Diver was appointed to the new position of Faculty
Fellow for Inclusive Excellence with a specialization in Native
Studies. She is a former Special Assistant to the Obama White
House on Native American Affairs and former Chairwoman of
the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. She earned
a degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota
Duluth and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the
Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
• The College opened the new Health Science Center
at BlueStone at 940 Woodland Ave. The three-story,
45,000-square-foot facility is the College’s ﬁrst academic
building in Duluth not located on the main campus at
1200 Kenwood Ave.
• The College expanded its Physical Therapy and
Occupational Therapy programs. They are housed in the
new Health Science Center, as is the maurices Community
Clinic, an interdisciplinary outreach to underinsured and
• The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the
Physician Assistant granted Accreditation - Provisional status
to the College’s Physician Assistant program, approving the
beginning of classes in fall 2017, also in our new Health
• The College’s nursing program was awarded $1.4 million from
the Health Resources and Services Administration to fund
the Rural Academic Practice Partnership for Northeastern
Minnesota, to promote advanced practice nursing in
• The National Science Foundation awarded the College
$1.2 million to increase the number of new math and
science teachers committed to teaching in high-need
districts in Minnesota.
• The College was named one of only three programs in the
nation to partner with Google to address a critical shortage
of computer science teachers. Faculty members will use
$300,000 in grant funding from Google to integrate computer
science education into the entire curriculum for students in
the College’s teacher education programs.
• The College’s total enrollment headcount was 4,406, an
increase of 46 from fall 2015. Total undergraduate
traditional student headcount was down 49 students from the
prior year, while graduate, extended and online headcount was
up 95 students.
• The FY17 operating bottom line was $5.5 million, a 7.3 percent
margin. Net tuition revenue rose from $58.1 million in FY16 to
$59.6 million in FY17. Expenses decreased from $73.6 million
in FY16 to $73.4 million in FY17. The College’s endowment
closed the ﬁscal year at $80.3 million.
• The third year of the College’s Second Century of Saints
comprehensive campaign raised $4.6 million and totals
more than $22 million. The All Saints Annual fund achieved
a record $1.1 million.