President Steven G. Poskanzer

Steven G. Poskanzer, J.D., assumed his duties as Carleton's 11th president on August 2, 2010, and was formally inaugurated on September 25, 2010.

President Poskanzer, Amy Klobuchar, Carol Barnett
Photo by Dan Iverson

“This is the most exciting and humbling moment of my career,” Poskanzer said upon being selected as Carleton's president. “Being able to work with the entire Carleton community to make sure that the College flourishes and also reaches a whole new level of distinction is a privilege and a signally important trust. Carleton is one of a tiny handful of the finest liberal arts colleges in the world. It’s a gem that fills a critical niche in the firmament of higher education.

“Over the course of the search, Carleton captivated my family and me and truly captured my heart. It’s exhilarating to be engaged in a dialogue about education that is premised upon a shared commitment to do things only at the highest level of quality. But I must also say that until I came to know Carleton, I’ve never had conversations about this topic where I’ve laughed so much and had so much fun. This speaks volumes about the kind of place Carleton is, the kinds of people who become Carls, and how happy I know I will be in Northfield.”

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