About the President

President Davenport Dr. Edward Inch was appointed the 13th President of Minnesota State University, Mankato, on March 17, 2021, following a highly competitive national search. Assuming the presidency on July 1, Dr. Inch brings strategic leadership and an understanding of the importance of working in a collaborative, transparent, and authentic manner to build a shared vision – a vision that will ensure the success of all students and will secure the university’s future. President Inch sees the University as playing an instrumental role in the lives of its students and region.

Throughout his career, his top priorities were improving student outcomes, access, ensuring instructional capacity, and proactive learning support services. Providing a strong, student-centered, and inclusive learning environment is at the heart of these effort. Dr. Inch has worked to enhance student/faculty research and creative projects, provide greater access to internships and service-learning projects, develop an innovation and entrepreneurship hub, and restructure teaching loads to allow for more and better faculty scholarship.

Prior to his appointment as President at Minnesota State Mankato, Dr. Inch served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since August 2016.

Before Cal State East Bay, Dr. Inch served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at California State University, Sacramento, from 2011 –2016; as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio; and prior to that position, for six years, he was the Dean of the School of Arts and Communication at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Inch began his academic career as a lecturer at Western Washington University before becoming an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre at Pacific Lutheran University.

In 2006-2007, he was an American Council on Education Fellow hosted by California State University, Sacramento. While at Pacific Lutheran University, he served as an accreditor for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. He also earned the Washington State Bar Association’s certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Norway’s Nansen Academy’s certificate in International Peacebuilding. He has led international initiatives and programs focused on mediation and conflict management in the Balkans.

Dr. Inch received his bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Western Washington University and his master’s degree in rhetoric and communication from the University of Oregon. He earned his doctorate in speech communication from the University of Washington.