The Inauguration of President John L. Hoffman

The inauguration of John L. Hoffman Friday, October 14, 2022

During the week of October 7 – 14, 2022, Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College will be celebrating the inauguration of our President, Dr. John L. Hoffman. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and friends of the University and College are invited to participate in the festivities, culminating in an investiture ceremony on October 14 at 2 p.m. We look forward to sharing in the start of this new chapter in our history, legacy and leadership with you.

Meet the President

John Hoffman headshot

From senior leadership roles in the Concordia University System and the University of Minnesota Crookston, to his appointment as President of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College on July 1, 2022, Dr. John L. Hoffman has spent the past two and a half decades making a positive impact on students across the country.

Signature accomplishments have included implementing multi-faceted student success programs credited with increasing student success and retention rates, reducing the first-year retention rate disparities between Black and Indigenous students, and students of color and their white counterparts and increasing performance on two-thirds of core learning outcomes for all students during their first year of college. Other accomplishments include overhauling enrollment management functions which, pre-COVID, increased new student enrollment, increased yield, reduced summer melt and increased proportions of students of color, low-income students and first-generation students.


Inauguration Week Events

BSU Men’s Hockey vs. Arizona State

Friday, Oct. 7 | 7:07 p.m. | Sanford Center, Bemidji | All Are Welcome

President Hoffman will be recognized during the BSU Beaver Hockey men’s home opener against Arizona State. Come out and support your Beavers as they kick off their season!

BSU Football vs. Concordia-St. Paul

Saturday, Oct. 8 | 2 p.m. | Chet Anderson Stadium, BSU campus | All Are Welcome

President Hoffman will be recognized during BSU’s football home game against Concordia-St. Paul. Go Beavers!

Indigenous Peoples’ Day of Welcome

Monday, Oct. 10 | 12 p.m. | American Indian Resource Center, BSU campus | All Are Welcome

President Hoffman will be giving a welcome address along with the keynote speaker, Dr. John Gonzalez.

National Coming Out Day

Tuesday, Oct. 11 | 12 p.m. | Bemidji State arch, Deputy Hall | All Are Welcome

President Hoffman will be giving remarks to celebrate National Coming Out Day.

Breakfast Reception

Wednesday, Oct. 12 | 7:30 a.m. | NTC campus | By Invitation Only

President Hoffman will host a breakfast reception for Foundation board members and NTC donors.

Pizza with the President

Wednesday, Oct. 12 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | NTC Commons | NTC Students

President Hoffman will host a pizza luncheon for NTC students.

BSU Alumni Foundation Donor Reception

Thursday, Oct. 13 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. | Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge on Lake Bemidji | By invitation only

President Hoffman will host a reception for Alumni Foundation donors.

Inauguration Ceremony of President John L. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Friday, Oct. 14 | 2:00–3:30 p.m. | BSU Gymnasium, Physical Education Complex | All Are Welcome

Join us as we formally inaugurate President John L. Hoffman as Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College’s next President. The ceremony will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m., with the Academic Procession.

Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College welcome delegates serving as designated representatives of their institutions and organizations for the inauguration of John L. Hoffman, Ph.D., as our president.

Those interested in attending the inauguration as a delegate may register now using the delegate registration form.

Reception After Ceremony

Friday, Oct. 14 | Time TBA | BSU Gymnasium Lobby | All Are Welcome

Meet our new President! Light refreshments will be served.

Schedule of events subject to change.