Larry Pogemiller was appointed Director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) by Governor Mark Dayton in November, 2011. Prior to becoming Director, Pogemiller had a distinguished career in the Minnesota State Senate, representing a Minneapolis District for 30 years. His district included the land grant University of Minnesota's main campus and Augsburg College, a private liberal arts college, as well as several for profit postsecondary providers.
Pogemiller served as Senate Majority Leader from 2007 to 2010, after having previously served as chair of the Senate Tax and Senate Education Committees. He was honored by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association as Legislator of the Year in 1996, 2001 and 2005.
Pogemiller graduated from the University of Minnesota with his Bachelor of Science in Transportation Engineering, and earned his Masters of Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Pogemiller studied for his doctorate at the University of Minnesota's Graduate School of Economics, but did not complete.
OHE is a cabinet level state agency that provides students with financial aid programs to help them gain access to postsecondary education. The agency also serves as the state's clearinghouse for data, research and analysis on postsecondary enrollment, financial aid, finance and policy trends. It administers up to $150 million dollars in need-based grants to Minnesota residents attending eligible institutions in Minnesota and manages the Minnesota student loan program (SELF).