Hamline University Hires Two Academic Leaders for Key Roles

Posted Jul 12, 2019

July 11, 2019




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Hamline University Hires Two Academic Leaders for Key Roles 


St. Paul, Minn. --  Hamline University has hired two strong external candidates for leadership roles.

Linnette Werner, Ph.D. became Associate Dean of Graduate Programs for the College of Liberal Arts on July 8, 2019. She has extensive academic and administrative experience in higher education. Most recently, Dr. Werner served as Interim Assistant Vice Provost at the University of Minnesota. Prior to her appointment to that position, she served as Director of the Leadership Program at the University of Minnesota and increased enrollment in the program from 250 to 1,800 students between 2006 and 2017. 

Dr. Werner earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Educational Policy and Leadership, after earning a Master of Arts in Educational Research and Program Evaluation. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Curriculum Instruction from the University of Wisconsin and, for several years, worked as a Research and Evaluation Coordinator in St. Paul Public Schools. 

Kathryn Russell joined Hamline on June 24, 2019 as the new Director of Continuing Studies. Her role will also include oversight of the university’s Online Degree Completion program. She will create and develop new continuing studies and professional programs.

Russell has worked in education for over a decade. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from St. Olaf College and her Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law. She also earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from the Hamline University School of Education and a Master of Arts in history from the University of Memphis.