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Chris Winjum Appointed Assistant to the Chancellor at the U of M, Crookston
June 1, 2009

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A familiar face to the community of Crookston has been appointed assistant to the
Chris Winjum
Chris Winjum
chancellor at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Christopher “Chris” Winjum, a 2000 graduate of the U of M, Crookston, will begin his new role on June 8.

On behalf of the chancellor, Winjum’s responsibilities include fostering positive working relationships across the campus, university, community, and region. He also will coordinate scheduling for the chancellor and administrative groups, make travel arrangements, and establish and continually improve the management and day-to-day operation of the chancellor’s office.

Winjum, a Crookston native, most recently worked at North Dakota State University (NDSU), Fargo, N.D., as an equal opportunity specialist in the Office of Equity and Diversity. From 2002-04, he served as the assistant to the principal at a junior high school in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, and prior to that, spent two years at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, working with the TRIO programs.

“Two things appealed to me about the position at the U of M, Crookston,” Winjum says. “I recognized the role of assistant to the chancellor as a real blend of my past jobs and experience making it feel like a great fit. I also am glad to be close to family in the region. We are looking forward to getting involved in the campus and the community.”

Winjum earned his bachelor of business administration degree from NDSU in 1998. Following that, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the U of M, Crookston in information technology management.

Married to Leah (Olson) Winjum, also a Crookston native, the couple has four children: Walker, Hayden, Halle, and Reggie.

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