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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Dean Kristine RetherfordKristine Retherford

Greetings! I am happy you are interested in learning more about the College of Allied Health & Nursing. I am excited to share a few of my thoughts about our philosophy and our passion, and I encourage you to visit us to experience it first hand. 

Three guiding principles of the College of Allied Health & Nursing are lead, partner, achieve. I am proud to see evidence of these principles in the actions of each and every student, staff and faculty member—from participating in campus service and awareness events to presenting research at international conferences.

As I visit with our faculty and students in classrooms, labs and the community, their passion is obvious. Whether they are learning a new concept, volunteering in the community or working to strengthen their profession, they routinely exceed my expectations.

Please visit our classrooms. Meet and work with our award-winning faculty. Partner with peers who share your passions. Become a leader of health and wellness in your community.

I hope to see you soon!






Kristine Retherford

Dean, College of Allied Health and Nursing

Office: MF 124
Phone: 507-389-6315

Dr. Kristine Retherford earned her undergraduate degree in speech pathology from what was then called Mankato State College with certification in special education.  Following work in public school and residential settings, Dr. Retherford earned her Master's of Science degree and her doctorate in communication disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She began her academic career at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she rose through the ranks to Professor and Chair over her 32 years of service.  She is author of three textbooks, one of which is in its second edition and one is in its third edition.  She has authored three Federal grants and published in refereed journals.  She frequently presents her research at invited and reviewed regional, national and international conferences and conventions.  Dr. Retherford is thrilled to return to her alma mater to serve the students and faculty within the College of Allied Health and Nursing.