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Official U of M, Crookston Statement on the Passing of Stanley Sahlstrom, Ph.D.
June 2, 2008

Contact: Krista Lemos, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minn. (June 2, 2008) – It is with deep sadness that the University of
Stanley Sahlstrom, founding father and former provost of the U of M, Crookston
Stanley Sahlstrom, Ph.D., was provost of the U of M, Crookston from 1965-85.
Minnesota, Crookston has learned of the passing of Stanley D. Sahlstrom, Ph.D., the “founding father” of the Crookston campus, where he served as provost from 1965-85. A regional memorial service is planned for Friday, June 13, 2008,on the campus.

Sahlstrom was charged in 1965 with leading the effort to transition the Crookston campus from a residential high school, known as the Northwest School of Agriculture, to a 2-year technical college offering degrees in agriculture and business. The University of Minnesota, Crookston Technical College opened its doors in 1966 to 175 students thanks to Sahlstrom’s tireless efforts on behalf of the campus.

“Dr. Sahlstrom had a great passion for education and students,” said Charles H. Casey, chancellor of the U of M, Crookston. “His enthusiasm for student achievement and success was a hallmark of his years as provost, and he never lost that zeal. He continued to connect with former students throughout their careers and made a point to visit them during his travels.

“An ardent advocate for rural Minnesota, Dr. Sahlstrom was instrumental in laying the foundation for the Crookston campus. He is remembered for his vision, leadership and commitment to the campus, the community of Crookston, the region and the state. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.”

Sahlstrom’s dedication and forward-thinking aptitude guided the U of M, Crookston in its formative years. He and his late wife, Ludmilla “Mil,” who passed away in 2004, were steadfast in their support for the new 2-year college and its leaders. During that time, Sahlstrom secured funding for many campus buildings, and by 1977, there were more than 1,000 students taking classes in a range of degree options in the areas of agriculture; business; home and family services; and hotel, restaurant and institutional management.

In 1985, Sahlstrom was elected to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, a position he held for 12 years. He then resigned as provost of the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

For his leadership and exemplary service to the campus and the region, Sahlstrom was presented the Torch & Shield Award in 1986, the highest honor bestowed by the University of Minnesota, Crookston and the Northwest Research and Outreach Center. In 1997, the campus named the Sahlstrom Conference Center in his honor, and in 2001, he was inducted into the U of M, Crookston Athletic Hall of Fame. The University of Minnesota, along with the Rotary Club of St. Cloud, Minn., recognized Stan Sahlstrom Day on September 11, 2007, in his honor.

Sahlstrom graduated from the University of Minnesota with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences in 1942 and 1953 respectively. He earned his doctorate in 1961 from the College of Education.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit