The Minnesota State Southern Agricultural Center of Excellence has appointed its first dedicated, full-time director. Beginning March 3, Megan Roberts will oversee the operations of the Center. Established in 2013 as a Minnesota State system Center of Excellence, the Center today includes seven member colleges and universities: South Central College, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Riverland Community College, Rochester Community and Technical College, Dakota County Technical College, Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Based on the North Mankato Campus of South Central College, which serves as the lead institution for the Center, Roberts will further the organization’s mission of aligning students with the resources of academic institutions and industry to develop and sustain the workforce needs of agriculture in Southern Minnesota.