Leadership


Jeanine E. Gangeness, PhD

Jeanine E. Gangeness is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs – Rochester and Dean for the School of Graduate Studies at Winona State University. She serves as the Chief Executive Officer responsible for the WSU-Rochester campus, which serves the greater Rochester region. She creates sustainable and collaborative academic programming, working closely with the Winona campus leadership (Academic Affairs, IT, Student Life and Development, Finance and Advancement) to connect student services and programs in addition to managing all aspects of budget development and allocation.

Dr. Gangeness engages the academic deans by providing vision, leadership and management oversight to help shape and create academic programs, activities, and support for WSU-Rochester at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She oversees all graduate programs and represents the university on local and statewide graduate meetings and committees.

Prior to coming to Winona State University, Gangeness was the Founding Dean of the Bemidji School of Nursing, a joint venture of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. She graduated from the University of North Dakota (’92, ’02, ’07) and holds a Master’s of Science degree and PhD degree, all in nursing. Gangeness has presented extensively and published peer-reviewed papers on leadership, strategic planning, collaborative education programming, tobacco policy, case study design, built environments and online nursing education.


WSU-Rochester Advisory Group

Leadership at WSU-Rochester works closely with the WSU-Rochester Advisory Group. The WSU-Rochester Advisory Group advocates for WSU-Rochester and facilitates local connections that helps the University remain responsive to community needs in Olmsted County. The group meets bi-monthly. Annually, the board also dialogues with and advises Winona State University leadership.

For more information on the WSU-Rochester Advisory Group, or to request a schedule of upcoming meetings or minutes from past meetings, please contact Carolyn at cryno@winona.edu.

Current Members of WSU-Rochester Advisory Group

  • Chair (2022-2023): Jorrie Johnson, MBA, PMP, Project Manager- Targeted Business and Workforce Compliance, City of Rochester Administration
  • Vice Chair (2022-2023): Jon Eckhoff; Rochester City Lines
  • Misun Bormann, EdD; HR Manager, Mayo Clinic Workforce Education Investments
  • John Eckerman, RSP Architects
  • Jane Foote, EdD, RN, MSN, CNE; Mayo Clinic
  • Jeanine Gangeness, PhD; Winona State University-Rochester
  • Tracy Hale; Director, Winona State University Alumni Engagement
  • Allison Harwood, Zumbro Valley Health Center
  • Kristine Ihrke, Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field
  • Julie Kiehne; Winona State University Adult & Continuing Education
  • Jonathan Locust, PhD; Winona State University Equity and Inclusive Excellence
  • Regina Mustafa, Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam
  • Tasos Psomas, Tino’s LLC
  • Rawhi Said, MBA; Program Director, Mayo Clinic Office for Education, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Chris R. Schad; Director of Business Development, Destination Medical Center
  • Sharon Schneller; Vice President for Nursing, Olmsted Medical Center
  • Rebeca Sedarski, State of Minnesota
  • Don Supalla; President Emeritus, Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Kristi Ziegler, Emeritus