President's Biography

Dr. Merrill Irving Jr.

Dr. Merrill Irving, Jr. is a visionary leader with an accomplished record of serving diverse learning communities championing underserved and nontraditional students. He became the fourth president of Hennepin Technical College on July 1, 2015. Dr. Irving oversees the college’s mission of providing excellence in career and technical education for employment and advancement.

Dr. Irving, Jr. regularly presents at local and national events on such topics as career and technical education, creating pathways from college to career and higher education excellence and access. The Minnesota State College Student Association (LeadMN) named him the 2017 President of the Year.

His national roles include the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Commission on Economic and Workforce Development. In addition, he is an AQIP Peer Reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission.

Dr. Irving earned a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Public Administration from West Virginia University. He also holds a Doctorate of Education in Psychology from the University of Southern California