From the President: A New Home

Dr. Edward S. Inch, Minnesota State Mankato President.

In August, I experienced my first Move-in Days here at Minnesota State University, Mankato. It was great to see all the activity and excitement of students returning to campus and settling in the residence halls again. Even while lugging their belongings up to their rooms, it was apparent that they are as excited to be here as I am. 

I have also had my own Move-in Days this summer, as I moved into my new house in Mankato during June. I already feel at home here at the University and in the Mankato community. The campus and community have been wonderful—thank you to everyone who has given me such a warm welcome! 

By now, I’m sure most of our students have settled in their rooms, apartments and rental houses. I, however, still have a lot to unpack. And I’m not just talking about the boxes stacked in the garage. Being new here, I have a great deal to learn about Minnesota State Mankato and our communities. With each passing day, and each person I meet, I learn more about the tremendous history of this institution, the people who have helped make it what it is, and the opportunities for growth and change as we look toward our future. 

It’s exciting to think about the next chapter in Minnesota State Mankato’s story. I’m honored to be here, working with all of you to develop plans to help us get to where we need to go. I have ideas—some just might be big ideas—that I’m eager to share with you over the next several months. More importantly, I want to hear your big ideas and your stories. I hope to engage all of you—alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students—in conversations about the future of our great university over the next year. 

The best place to start may be the fall issue of TODAY magazine, in which you’ll find out more about who I am, where I came from and how I think. I appreciate the opportunity to share some of my stories with you along with all the other compelling stories you’ll find here. We have alumni and students who are doing great things, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading about them in this issue. 

In the meantime, I will continue to unpack and learn. I am excited to be here. 

Go Mavs!