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Carol Nielsen named interim dean of College of Business, Technology and Communication

BEMIDJI, Minn. (August 12, 2011) ó Bob Griggs, interim vice president for academic affairs at Bemidji State University, today announced the appointment of Carol Nielsen as interim dean of the Universityís College of Business, Technology and Communication.

This will be Nielsenís second stint as interim dean of the college. She previously served as its interim dean during the 2008-09 academic year after the college was created during a reorganization of the Universityís academic programs, and served in the post until James Maxwell was named permanent dean in July of 2009. It will be the third time Nielsen has served as interim dean for a college at Bemidji State; she served a two-year term as interim dean of BSUís College of Professional Studies and School of Graduate Studies from 2006-08.

Nielsen has been a member of the Bemidji State University faculty since 1985, when she was hired as an assistant professor of business administration. She is currently a full professor in business administration.

Prior to joining the BSU faculty, Nielsen was an assistant attorney and Assistant Beltrami County Attorney in Bemidji, spent three years as a law clerk for Ramsey County in St. Paul, Minn., was an accounting instructor at Globe College of Business in St. Paul and worked three years as an internal auditor and inventory accountant for 3M Company in St. Paul.

Nielsen is also active in the Bemidji community, serving as the co-treasurer of the Bemidji Community Soup Kitchen.

Nielsen earned her bachelorís degree in accounting from the University of Montana and holds a juris doctorate from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn.

About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesotaís lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.