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Riverland Community College, a member of the Minnesota State system, is a community college that strives to transform lives through excellence in service, education, and career training. Approximately 4,500 students are served annually through a wide range of credit-based educational opportunities. Of those 55 percent are First Generation students and 26 percent are students of color. Riverland campuses are located in Albert Lea, Austin and Owatonna, Minnesota.

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Austin Campus - East Building, Austin MN

Riverland seeks the college's next president

Minnesota State Chancellor Divinder Malhotra has initiated a search to select the next president of Riverland Community College. Since July 1, 2013, Riverland has been led by President Adenuga Atewologun. The selection of a new president is expected to be announced in the spring of 2023, and the position will begin July 1, 2023.

Chancellor Devinder Malhotra and the internal and external communities at Riverland Community College seek a president who will lead with enthusiasm, transparency, visibility, and collaboration. A leader who understands the value of an aspirational vision and has experience leading internal and external communities to achieve that vision through the effective execution of the college's strategic plan. A leader who values continuous visibility and engagement across the three campuses and college and community centers. A leader who builds close relationships with area schools, colleges, and universities and with the region's industry and businesses. A leader who will strategically contribute to the improvement of Riverland Community College and its region as well as to the Minnesota State system.

The desired characteristics of the successful candidate are described below. The community seeks a leader who is flexible, motivates, "hits the ground listening", strives to understand the pulse of the college and communities served and adjusts as necessary to enhance that pulse, has an abiding commitment to social justice, and is committed to building strong collaborative relationships with faculty and staff in partnership to achieve the college's mission, vision, and values.

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Albert Lea Campus, Albert Lea MN

Riverland Mission and Vision


We will offer the best opportunity for every enrolled student to attain academic and career goals in an ever-changing world.


To transform lives through excellence in service, education, and career training.


Cultivating student growth through service, collaboration, innovation, and respect.


We are dedicated to our employees, our students, and our region.

Owatonna Campus, Owatonna MN


Student Population: Fiscal Year 2022: 4,309
Student Status: Full-Time: 34% | Part-Time: 66%
Student Ages: 24 and Under: 68.9% | 25 and Over: 31.1%
Gender Ratio: Female: 58% | Male: 41 % | Other/Unspecified: 1%
Diversity Ratio: Students of Color: 26%
Placement Rate: Overall: 79.4%
Faculty and Staff:
  • Full-Time Faculty: 72
  • Part-Time Faculty: 117
  • Training Instructors: 36
  • Non-Instructional Staff: 133

Top 10 Academic Programs

  1. Liberal Arts and Sciences
  2. Farm Business Management
  3. Business Transfer Pathway
  4. Electrician - Construction
  5. Agricultural Commodities Marketing
  6. Practical Nursing
  7. Health Sciences Broad Field
  8. Nursing (RN Track)
  9. Human Services
  10. Law Enforcement Transfer Pathway

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About Riverland

Students of all ages find an exceptional educational value and a student-focused experience at Riverland Community College. As a comprehensive two-year college, we give you the opportunity to pursue your career goals, improve your knowledge and skills, and enjoy the process at a fraction of the average cost of attendance at most colleges and universities in the nation. Our academic excellence is guaranteed through accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Riverland History

Riverland Community College, a Technical and Community College, was established July 1, 1996 as a result of the merger of Minnesota Riverland Technical College-Austin, Austin Community College, and South Central Technical College-Albert Lea. As a comprehensive college, Riverland Community College offers students over 90 Career Technical program options that range from six-month certificates to two-year associate degrees.

Minnesota State

At Minnesota State we provide the opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities.

With 26 community and technical colleges and seven state universities on 54 campuses, Minnesota State serves nearly two-thirds of the entire state's undergraduate student population, and we serve more Black, Indigenous, and students of color than all higher education providers in the state, combined. We are committed to equitable outcomes for all our students, and in 2019 committed to eliminating educational equity gaps at every Minnesota State college and university by the year 2030.


Riverland Community College is authorized by the State of Minnesota to offer postsecondary education degrees, diplomas, and certificates. There are two sources of authorization:

In this age of accountability, higher education institutions are obligated to prove the quality of their programs and services.
The accreditation process can demonstrate how higher education institutions meet official requirements of academic excellence, curriculum, facilities, personnel, etc. Colleges and universities are accredited on regional and professional or specialized levels.

Strategic Framework

Strategic Vision: Building a Foundational Approach to Excellence 2020-2025

Riverland's strategic framework is a five-year plan that supports the college's purpose and priorities and introduces positive change to meet the challenges of a global, complex and interconnected society.

The 10-month process has included engagement and feedback from many of Riverland’s internal and external stakeholders through a planning retreat, listening sessions, monthly Riverland Council meetings, Employee Conversation sessions, email messages, and more.

Student Learning Outcomes

Riverland is committed to providing a high-quality learning experience for all students. In order to measure our institutional effectiveness and to continuously improve teaching and learning.

Riverland Community College takes pride in its long-estabilshed plan for student learning assessment. A significant amount of data and evidence has been collected over the years and since FY16 when we moved to a web-based assessment collection system, the data has proven even more valuable in our ongoing efforts to provide "best-in-class" teaching and learning.

Equity 2030

In June 2019, we set a critical goal: By 2030, Minnesota State will eliminate the educational equity gaps at every Minnesota State college and university.

Equity 2030 serves as the organizing principle across all campuses – for all our work, our operational structures, policies and procedures, and for the inclusive, safe, and anti-racist organizational ethos we strive to reach.

Only by addressing systemic inequities in educational access and outcomes, can we build a better future for students, families, and our communities. It is both a moral imperative and the path to economic prosperity.

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The Presidential Search Committee is committed to a rigorous and deliberative search process that leads to identifying a candidate to become Riverland Community College's 11th President.

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