About the Dean

Dr. Kristine Retherford

Kristine RetherfordGreetings! I am thrilled that 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.

The 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 in 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.

I encourage you to 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
Email: kristine.retherford@mnsu.edu

Dr. Kristine Retherford earned her undergraduate degree in speech pathology with certification in special education from what was then called Mankato State College. Following work in public school and residential settings, Dr. Retherford earned her master’s of science degree and her doctorate in communication disorders from 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 has authored three textbooks, one of which is in its second edition and another in its third edition. She has also 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.