Bedford named provost at Bemidji State

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Dr. Allen Bedford was recently named the provost and vice president of academic affairs at Bemidji State University.

According to a release, he has been serving the university as acting provost since March, and has been with BSU since last summer.

Dr. Faith Hensrud, president of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, thanks the Search Advisory Committee for their work, and said Bedford is the right candidate for BSU at this time in its history.

“Dr. Bedford has a well-developed idea of the role Bemidji State University can play in our region,” she said. “He has shown an ability to build relationships across our campus, and he has significant experience with strategic and academic planning through his previous administrative background. He has the experience and demeanor to provide the academic leadership our institution needs, and I’m excited to have him as a member of my administrative team.”

Dr. Bedford has a bachelor’s degree min English and science from Bryn Athyn College, and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry from Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Bedford will work with outgoing provost Dr. Tony Peffer to ensure a smooth transition.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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