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Benilde-St. Margaret names Kevin Gyolai as next president

Posted by: Kim McGuire Updated: March 13, 2014 - 12:39 PM

Benilde-St. Margaret has selected Kevin Gyolai, Inver Hills Community College dean of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as its next president.

Gyolai replaces Bob Tift who is resigning.

“I have a great affinity for people and institutions that are mission-focused, innovative and ambitious, and I welcome the opportunity to lead a Catholic school that has a remarkable history of providing students with a solid foundation – body, spirit and mind – on which to build their futures,” shared Gyolai, a North Dakota native. “I am honored to have been chosen for this role.”

In addition to his current position as S.T.E.M. division dean for Inver Hills, Gyolai has held numerous positions at North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, including director of the STEM Scholars Program, department head, professor, associate professor and assistant professor.  He is a published author; has extensive experience in grant writing; and serves on program evaluation teams for the National Science Foundation.

“In his position as S.T.E.M. division dean, Dr. Gyolai has had success in fundraising and has been instrumental in leading student recruitment efforts, including developing initiatives to engage students from underrepresented groups. All necessary skills for a Catholic secondary school president," said Barb Melsen, chairwoman of the presidential search committee.

Gyolai has a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from North Dakota State University, Fargo, a Master of Science degree in biology from South Dakota State University, Brookings and Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and athletic training from North Dakota State University, Fargo.

Gyolai is married to Kristine Gyolai, an art history instructor with MnSCU. They have four children and live in Eagan.

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