St. Cloud Times — Earl H. Potter III spent 24 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring as a captain in 1993. It did not take long for you to notice his military background.
When I think of a military officer, I think of a decision maker, a no-nonsense talker and someone who tries to do things for the right reasons. That’s how Potter came across, and those sentiments were echoed by many in the St. Cloud State University athletic department this week.
Potter, the university’s president since 2007, died in a one-vehicle accident Monday night and it sent a tsunami of shock throughout the university.
“He cared deeply about this university and he was going to support it to the highest of his ability,” said Bob Motzko, who recently completed his 11th season as St. Cloud State’s men’s hockey coach. “I think everyone got to know that military side of him.