Dr. Terry Gaalswyk

Dr. Terry Gaalswyk, President of Minnesota West Community & Technical College 

Gaalswyk_Terry_7561Dr. Terry Gaalswyk has more than 20 years of service in higher education including universities & community/technical colleges. Gaalswyk believes in the mission of community & technical colleges and has committed his professional career to serving rural communities in service to this mission, our students, high schools and industry partners.

Gaalswyk began his service as president of Minnesota West Community & Technical College in July 2015.  Minnesota West is committed to excellence and has been recognized regionally and nationally as a top-performing college relative student success and online education.

Gaalswyk holds a B.A. from Northwestern College, a Masters degree from South Dakota State University, and a Ph.D in Educational Leadership/Policy Studies from Iowa State University. As a recovering mathematics teacher, he is equally proud of his vocational background, having worked alongside his parents building custom countertops and cabinets in a family-owned business.