Upper Midwest HERC

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The Upper Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (UMW HERC), established in 2008, represents over 55 colleges and universities in Minnesota and Wisconsin that are committed to enhancing diversity and dual career hiring. Through its collective website, national and regional marketing initiatives, diversity partnerships, networking forums, and discount services, UMW HERC has become the premier higher education recruitment resource for the region. The UMW HERC is governed by an advisory board drawn from the member institutions in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and northern Wisconsin. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is the lead partner supporting the Upper Midwest HERC.

Dual Career Network

The UMW HERC provides a dual career network of colleagues from member institutions to exchange CVs/resumes of partners and spouses to help them identify available positions and assist them during the job search process.

UMW HERC members can connect directly with colleagues from member institutions by using the member directory, as well as access resources and information in our dual career community

Contact Upper Midwest HERC

Daniel Butcher
Regional Director

Recruiting Toolkit

Membership Information

To learn more about HERC membership, click here.

Learn how the Upper Midwest HERC has supported Gustavus Adolphus College's inclusive recruitment and retention initiatives: 

Regional Governance

The Upper Midwest HERC is a self-governing consortium, with each member institution playing a role in making decisions and shaping its future.  An Advisory Board drawn from member institutions provides policy and operational oversight.  Member representatives include institutional leaders, faculty, academic and faculty affairs professionals, human resources managers and administrators, diversity officers, dual-career consultants, and work-life personnel.

Advisory Council of the Greater Chicago Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium:

  • College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University - Sandra Mitchell, Senior Diversity Officer 
  • Concordia College - Peggy Torrance, Director of Human Resources 
  • Dunwoody College of Technology - Patricia Edman, Vice President of Human Resources 
  • Gustavus Adolphus College - Brenda Kelly, Provost and Dean of Faculty
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities - Desiree' Clark, Civil Rights, Title IX, Affirmative Action and Compliance Officer 
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities - Todd Thorsgaard, System Director of Talent Management 
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Andrea Yanego, Talent Acquisition Director 
  • University of Wisconsin River Falls - Michelle Best, Chief Human Resources Officer 



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