ST. CLOUD TIMES — Innovative leaders in Minnesota, including CentraCare Health CEO Dr. Kenneth Holmen and former St. Cloud State Vice President Devinder Malhotra, will help envision the future of Minnesota State in coming months, according to a Monday press release from the state system. 

Malhotra is the chancellor of Minnesota State, a system that includes 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities, including St. Cloud State and St. Cloud Technical and Community College. 

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees launched the new effort  called “Reimagining Minnesota State.”

The effort includes a Forum Advisory Group made up of big names in the state, including Malhotra and Holmen, according to the release. 

The revisioning will also include five sessions for study and discussion about future impacts on Minnesota State. Topics include: forces impacting U.S. higher education, changing nature of work, changes in student populations and innovative models. 

St. Cloud State University will host a Jan. 14 session on “The Digital Age: The Impact and Future Possibilities Offered by Data and Technology.”