St. Cloud State University president killed in car crash


ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Earl Potter, the president of St. Cloud State University, has been killed in a car crash.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone said in a statement early Tuesday that Potter died Monday evening in a crash as he drove to the Twin Cities for a foundation board meeting. University spokesman Loren Boone confirmed Potter’s death.

The Minnesota State Patrol says the crash happened around 5:30 p.m. in Brooklyn Center on Interstate 694. WJON radio (http://bit.ly/28BdzJo ) reports Potter’s vehicle left the road and hit a guard rail, then flipped several times.

Rosenstone has named Provost Ashish Vaidya to serve as acting president.

Potter had been president since 2007. Rosenstone called Potter a thoughtful, insightful leader who cared deeply about the university, its students and the community.

___

Information from: WJON-AM, http://www.wjon.com