Colleen Thompson Michels
Colleen Thompson Michels is a native of St. Paul MN. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Catherine University and a Master of Arts and Master of Science from St. Cloud State University. Colleen served in leadership positions at Ridgewater College, Hutchinson and Willmar campuses, including five years as its president (1998-2003).
Prior to her administrative work, she also served the College as a faculty member, teaching Speech Communication and English. She has received numerous honors and awards while serving on boards and committees for organizations including the Willmar Area Community Foundation, Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way of West Central MN, Empower: Women United, Bremer Bank Board of Directors, St. Cloud State University Foundation Board, Rice Hospital Foundation, Willmar School Board, Willmar Women’s Fund, the Barn Theatre, 8th Judicial Selection Commission and as a Rice Hospice volunteer.