Potter, 69, was killed June 13 in a one-vehicle crash in Brooklyn Park, on his way to an evening meeting in St. Paul.
On June 15, the St. Cloud Times published four pages of coverage on Potter’s professional life and legacy — plus an editorial.
The campus memorial service, held in a packed Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, affirmed Potter’s commitment to diversity with blessings and prayers from five faith communities.
Sixth District U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer paid tribute in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives.
In November, the Global Engagement Forum, a gathering of academics and international diplomats, honored Potter with a panel discussion of international trade, diplomacy and international education. In 2013, St. Cloud State earned two prestigious awards for internationalization: the Simon Award and the Heiskell Award under Potter’s leadership.
In his last year as president, Potter worked to help launch a Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He didn’t get to see the program start, but organizers named the program Dr. Potter’s Bigs on Campus in his honor. St. Cloud State Athletics presented Potter’s family with a No. 22 road-red jersey at a men’s Huskies Hockey game. Potter led a fundraising effort that resulted in an $18 million renovation and expansion of Brooks Center.
Potter’s legacy is continuing on campus through his family and friends. Christine Marshall Potter and family launched an endowed scholarship fund in his name. Send “in memory of Earl Potter” checks to:
St. Cloud State University Foundation
720 Fourth Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301