Traci M. Krause will serve as the next chancellor of St. John’s College of Nursing in Springfield, beginning May 29. She replaces Dr. Charlene Aaron, who has served in that role since 2016.

Krause has spent the last decade of her career within Minnesota State Agencies, most recently as the dean of the School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Wellness for Minneapolis College, part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Prior to that, Krause served at the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs as an assistant director of nursing.

Krause began her nursing career as a nurse at North Iowa Mercy Health Center in the mid-90s and shortly after joined the United States Peace Corps in Estonia to assist as a nursing instructor, medical training assistant and teaching the English language. She has also served as a college instructor, educator and director or manager of nursing many times throughout her career.

Krause received her doctor of nursing practice in 2019 from Augsburg University in Minneapolis and her master of science in nursing and master of public health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Many of Krause’s publications and presentations focus on increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in nursing and health care. She is also a registered yoga instructor.

“I am looking forward to this new journey in my life and career,” said Krause. “I am honored to serve at an established college with so much history and promise. I look forward to meeting the board, faculty and students and getting to know my new community.”