Portrait photo of Lori J Carrell

Lori J. Carell


Chancellor Lori J. Carrell, PhD, has served the innovative University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) campus as a collaborative and inspirational leader since 2014. Selected as the second chancellor in 2018, she first served UMR as vice chancellor for both academic and student affairs. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, she led general education reform efforts in the University of Wisconsin system as a campus leader in Oshkosh, where she also founded and directed a research-based teaching and learning center while continuing as a distinguished professor of communication. Her speeches, publications and scholarly work focus on human communication as a catalyst for transformation, as described in her 2021 book Communicate for a Change: Revitalizing Conversations for Higher Education (Johns Hopkins Press, co-authored with Robert Zemsky). Known as a creative strategist, Dr. Carrell’s commitments to learning research, innovation through inclusive conversations and exemplary teaching resonate well with UMR’s vision to inspire transformation in higher education. During her leadership of the campus, UMR has achieved significant enrollment growth and equity in educational attainment, as reported by the Washington Post, Hechinger Report and Chronicle of Higher Education’s Innovation Issue. Currently, she co-leads the College-in-3 Exchange, a collective of U.S. campuses designing college degrees to decrease student costs and increase student outcomes. The project is documented in a forthcoming book, College-in-3: An Overdue Conversation about Reducing Cost and Improving Quality. Chancellor Carrell is convinced that “collaborative academic communities can lead transformation in higher education while also creating inclusive environments in which all can flourish.” 

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