Merrill Irving Jr. recently assumed the presidency of Hennepin Technical College. The college is the largest technical college in Minnesota serving 10,000 students at campuses in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie. African Americans make up 21 percent of the student body.
Since 2012, Dr. Irving has been the associate vice president of continuing education, training, and workforce development at Oakton Community College in Illinois. Earlier, he was chair of the School of Continuing Education at Miami Dade College in Florida.
Dr. Irving holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University. He earned a doctorate at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.