Minnesota State University, Mankato President-Elect Edward Inch announced Tuesday the appointment of Brian Martensen as interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1.
Martensen, who has served since January 2020 as the University’s interim associate provost and senior associate vice president for academic affairs, will replace Matt Cecil, who was appointed provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Northern Kentucky University beginning July 1. Cecil has served as Minnesota State Mankato’s interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs since Jan. 13, 2020.
Inch, who will assume duties as Minnesota State Mankato’s 13th president on July 1, announced Martensen’s appointment in an all-campus e-mail to employees and students.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Brian Martensen as interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1,” wrote Inch in his campus message. “Dr. Martensen brings an innovative approach to student success and academic quality, a proven commitment to equity and inclusion and extensive experience leading through transitional periods.”
Martensen previously held various leadership roles in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and Academic Affairs. He started at the university in 2006 as an assistant professor, rose through the ranks to become a full professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
In 2015, Martensen was named dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, where he had previously served as interim dean (2013-2015) and interim associate dean (2013). In the spring of 2019, he was appointed as the interim associate vice president for faculty affairs and was promoted to his current position in January 2020.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,604 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.