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Hail to the Chief! Presidents of St. Cloud State University, 1869-2014

Brendan McDonald, President, 1982-1992

Brendan McDonald

  • Fourth alum to serve as president of St. Cloud State, graduating in 1954

  • Before becoming president at St. Cloud State, headed Kearney State College in Kearney, Nebraska

  • Sung Won Son was selected to become the new St. Cloud State president over McDonald in 1982, but resigned before taking office

  • Saw St. Cloud State Husky hockey program move to Division I, adding credibility to the hockey program when Herb Brooks was hired for the 1986/87 season and oversaw construction of the National Hockey Center (1989)

  • Stewart Hall (1950) received a $8 million renovation, which provided for more offices and classrooms

  • Enrollment hit an all-time high in the fall of 1990 when 17,076 students were at St. Cloud State

  • In 1994, the ice rink at the National Hockey Center was named "The Brendan J. McDonald Ice Rink" in honor of his service to St. Cloud State


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