Riverland Community College President announces retirement

(ABC 6 News) – Riverland Community College announced on Friday that President Adenuga Atewologun will be retiring at the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2023.

Atewologun made the announcement to the Minnesota State Chancellor, Devinder Malhotra.

Atewologun will have served as Riverland’s president 10 years by the time he completes his tenure. He was named president on July 1, 2013.

He will also have more than 40 years of service in higher education.

Under his leadership, the college worked to establish specialty areas at each campus building, including positioning the Albert Lea Campus’ focus through a $10.1 million remodel and expansion of a Transportation, Trades and Industrial Education Center through a bonding project funded by the Minnesota Legislature.

He has served on numerous boards and committees across southern Minnesota, and also worked with community farmers and producers, The Hormel Foundation and community leaders to create academic programming in Agriculture and Food Science Technology at Riverland.

“Adenuga has been an effective and visionary leader,” said Minnesota State Chancellor Malhotra in a memo to the college community.  “He is passionate about the success of the students and of the communities Riverland serves. He has demonstrated that strong leadership can co-exist with empathetic approaches to manage the college. He is a well-regarded leader within the region. His great work with The Hormel Foundation is a case in point. This work has enhanced access to the college for students in the area. He will leave the college with strong forward momentum to build on to secure its future.”

RCC says the search process in finding and naming Riverland’s next president begins immediately.

By announcing his retirement early in the academic year, it allows Minnesota State time to conduct a thorough search before the end of his tenure.

The goal will be to have a new president prepared to start on July 1, 2023.

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