Charles Nies named new chancellor of UMD

Charles Nies has been named the new chancellor of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

He’ll start in the position on July 1, 2024. He succeeds Interim Chancellor David McMillan, who has been filling the role since Lendley Black’s retirement in 2022.

The appointment is pending the approval of the U of M Board of Regents at their May meeting.

Nies will be the tenth chancellor of UMD. He is currently the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of California-Merced.

He said he is honored to serve in this role.

“Having grown up in Minnesota, this will be a coming home opportunity,” Nies said in a press release. “I am also excited to join the Duluth and University of Minnesota communities. UMD is filled with wonderfully creative and brilliant students, faculty and staff, and I look forward to the discovery that has been and will continue to be our mark of excellence.”

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He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. His two graduate degrees are from Washington State University: a Master’s in counseling psychology and a doctorate in education administration and leadership.

McMillan will continue in the interim role through June.