ST. PAUL, Minn., May 17, 2023 – Upon the recommendation of Chancellor Devinder Malhotra, the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has posthumously awarded emeritus status to Stephanie Hammitt, who served Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College from 1990 until her passing in 2022.
“Stephanie was a quiet soul but there was no doubt of her deep conviction and passionate commitment for her students, her community, and her culture and heritage,” said Malhotra. “She took seriously the responsibility of being a leader in the system and the state regarding enhancing access to post-secondary education for students from native communities and incorporating native issues in our programmatic structures and curricular paradigms. She believed that each and every student that walked the halls of the college deserved the most robust support to achieve their full potential and academic success.”
An enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Hammitt served the college initially as director of fiscal operations, and subsequently as vice president of finance and administration. She was named to serve as interim president in 2018, and then named president in 2019.
The award of emeritus status is a special honor for employees who have served with great distinction.