Rassoul DastmozdAssistant to the Chancellor, Special Projects Minnesota State
“More than three decades ago, I arrived in Minnesota as a young teenage immigrant and found this a safe place, which soon became my ‘home,’ to transition from being teenager to becoming a young college graduate and professional. The people of Minnesota infused in me a strong work ethic and my resolve for helping others. None of us can do this alone. That is why Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations’ message truly resonates with me.”
Rassoul served as the President/CEO of Saint Paul College from 2011 until his retirement on June 30, 2019. He currently serves as Assistant to Chancellor-Special Projects, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.
Under his leadership, Saint Paul College earned top ten ranking in the nation two times, became the fastest growing college and the most diverse institution of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. He previously served as vice president of instruction and workforce education at Clark College, Washington state’s second-largest community college.
Education and service to community has been lifelong foci for Rassoul, who began his teaching career at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, and later was department chair. He also served as academic dean at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges District.
His interest in education and commitment to service goes beyond the classroom, and he has become a champion of community colleges, college affordability, equity and inclusion, and closing the opportunity gap.
Rassoul lives his life every day by putting a quote from Rabindranath Tagore into practice, “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
He is active in community and education organizations, including Generation Next, Genesys Works-Twin Cities, Neighborhood House, Promise Neighborhood, MSPWin, Science Museum of Minnesota, United Hospital Foundation, American Association of Community Colleges Mentor Link program.
Rassoul emigrated from Iran in the late 1970s and is a first-generation college graduate. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology from Southwest Minnesota State University, a Master of Science in education from Drake University, and a doctorate in human resources and higher education from Colorado State University.