Ric Dressen, Ed.D.

Dr. Ric Dressen joined the Concordia University faculty at the start of the 2017-18 school year as an Assistant Professor in the Education Doctorate program. He concluded his school administrative services in June of 2017 after 25 years as a superintendent and a total of 36 years in administration.

He was superintendent of Edina Public Schools in Edina, Minnesota – a first-ring, upper middle class, professional suburb on the southwest edge of Minneapolis – since July of 2006. Prior to this position and beginning in January 2000, he served as superintendent of Alexandria Public Schools in Alexandria, Minnesota; from 1992 through 1999, he served as superintendent of Waconia Public Schools in Waconia, Minnesota. His administrative career includes principalships in Waconia, Brooklyn Center, and St. Joseph, Minnesota. Dr. Dressen had been an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota since 2000.

He helped create and chair The Superintendency Institute, a gathering of Minnesota superintendents focused on advancing the role of leadership in public schools, and is a recipient of numerous professional awards in leadership and innovation. In 2003, Dressen chaired the Minnesota Finance Reform Task Force at the direction of Governor Tim Pawlenty.
In 2013, the Minnesota Association of School Administrators awarded him their Polaris Leadership Award for his service to the educational leadership of Minnesota. He was president of the Association in 2003-04.

Dr. Dressen also served on a variety of leadership boards including the Board of Governors to the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering (St. Paul, MN), the Fairview Southdale Hospital Board of Directors (Edina, MN) and the Edina Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (Edina, MN).

NEW 11/19:
Ric Dressen, Ed. D. is the Chairperson of the Department of Doctoral Studies in Education at Concordia University, Saint Paul. He teaches, researches and consults in the areas of educational leadership, strategic planning, problem-solving, collaboration, and learning spaces. Prior to joining the university, he concluded thirty-six years of school administrative services, including twenty-five years as a school superintendent. His consulting services has included the co-creating and chairing the Superitendency Institute, an organization supporting school superintendents in their leadership role of public schools. Dressen has served and continues to serve on numerous civic and educational board of directors, including the Minnesota Association of School Administrators.

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