Dr. Harmening comes to UNW from the Minnesota State System Office where he served for nineteen years in a variety of roles. Most recently he was the System Director for Academic Programs and Collaboration where he guided strategic and academic planning and managed and supported marketing of 4,000 system academic programs at all levels including graduate, undergraduate, associate, diploma, and certificate. Prior to his work at Minnesota State, Dr. Harmening worked as a Program Manager at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) in Washington D.C. He holds a B.S. in Political Science from Minnesota State University Mankato, a Master of Public Policy from The American University, and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Harmening and his wife Beth live in Maplewood with their two children, Hannah and William. He is active in a number of areas at Five Oaks Church in Woodbury, including leadership of the men’s ministry and a small group.