St. Cloud Times – One of the last things Earl H. Potter III said to his St. Cloud State University leadership team Monday drew from his service in the Coast Guard, from which he retired in 1993 as a captain before embarking on a second career in higher education.
Potter and his team were talking about the nuts and bolts of how a university is run and how those things can sometimes distract leaders from the mission of providing higher education.
“Steady as she goes,” he reminded them.
Hours later, the university would lose its captain.
Potter, 69, died Monday evening when the SUV he was driving crashed in Brooklyn Center. He had been the university’s president since 2007, and in February had agreed to a contract extension that would have taken his term until at least June 2019.