St. Cloud Times – The death of St. Cloud State University President Earl H. Potter III is not only a huge loss for his campus community and higher education in Minnesota.
His passing is a blow to the entire St. Cloud area.
Potter was determined during his nine-year tenure to be a community connector. He wanted a seamless link between the university and the community.
He took time to meet with area employers to make sure the university was matching the economic opportunities with the economic needs of Minnesota companies.
He was one of the founders of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp., a vital engine for economic growth in the area. He also served on the Initiative Foundation board.
He helped create the Community Priorities program, which later became Community Pillars. He helped to guide the group as it set an agenda to improve our community on needs ranging from air service to homelessness. In addition, he worked to make the resources of the university available to help these efforts to improve the community.