Abebe will provide programmatic, administrative and budgetary leadership for the College of Professional Studies, including oversight of curricular development and faculty recruitment and evaluation. The college offers undergraduate programs in alcohol and drug counseling, early childhood studies, urban early childhood education, urban elementary education, human services, psychology and social work. It also provides graduate programs in psychology.
Abebe came to Metropolitan State from Hamline University where he was intercultural affairs director and minority programs director. He has been on Metropolitan State’s faculty since 1989, having served as interim dean for the College of Arts and Sciences before being named First College dean in 2002. He was also an associate professor and Ethnic Studies Department chair.
Abebe holds a B.A. in economics from Hamline University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in adult education, both from the University of Minnesota.
Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, provides high-quality, affordable academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels. It is the only state university in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.