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St. Cloud State president killed in car accident

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- The president of St. Cloud State University was killed in rollover accident late Monday afternoon.

Earl H. Potter III, 69, died while traveling to the Twin Cities for a meeting with the Foundation Board Chair, according to a statement on the university’s website.

Potter was driving a Toyota 4 Runner eastbound on Interstate 694 in Brooklyn Center when it went off the road and hit a guard rail, the Minnesota State Patrol said. The vehicle overcorrected into the center lane and almost hit another vehicle, overcorrecting again before flipping multiple times.

“Earl’s passing is a huge loss to SCSU, to the state of Minnesota, and to higher education,” Chancellor Steven J. Rosenstone of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System said in a statement. “His leadership, on so many fronts, will be missed. Earl was a colleague and a friend – a thoughtful, insightful leader – who cared deeply about the university, its students, and the St. Cloud Community. I know he was deeply respected on your campus, as well, and my condolences go out to you all.”

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