Board of Trustees

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees is elected annually in November for three-year terms. Board members are responsible for providing governance, advocacy, and philanthropic support to advance the mission of the Foundation. One-quarter of the trustees are appointed by the University’s Board of Regents. Below are the current Foundation Trustees.


Michael B. Fiterman, Chair
Chairman and CEO
Liberty Diversified International

Lynn Casey, Secretary
Chair and CEO

Robert E. Buuck, Vice Chair
Retired CEO
American Medical Systems

Deborah L. Hopp, Past Chair
Vice President of Publishing,
MSP Communications
Publisher, Mpls.St.PaulMagazine and

Ross Levin, Vice Chair
Founding Principal and President
Accredited Investors Inc.

Kathleen M. Schmidlkofer, President and CEO
University of Minnesota Foundation

Michael F. Roman, Treasurer
Executive Vice President, Industrial Business Group
3M Company


Other members

Patti Andreini Arnold
Former Chief Operating Officer
University of Minnesota Physicians
Richard L. Lindstrom, M.D.
Minnesota Eye Consultants
Scott Augustine, M.D.
Founder and CEO
Augustine Temperature Management, LLC
Walter F. Ling*
IBM Vice President and
Minnesota Senior State Executive
Ruth Bachman*
Chair, Community Advisory Board,
Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
Susan I. Marvin
Marvin Windows and Doors
Shari L. Ballard
Chief Human Resources Officer
President, International Best Buy Co.
David J. McMillan*
Regent, University of Minnesota
Executive Vice President
Minnesota Power
Richard B. Beeson, Jr.*
Chair, University of Minnesota Board of Regents
EVP - Corporate Development & Government Relations Sunrise Bank
David J. Meyer*
CEO & Chairman
Titan Machinery, Inc.
Mary Brainerd*
President and CEO
Virginia H. Morris
Hubbard Radio
Blythe A. Brenden
Blythe Brenden-Mann Foundation
Thomas G. Olson
Retired Managing Director
Prime Mortgage
Linda A. Cohen Ph.D.*
University of Minnesota Psychologist
Richard T. Ostlund, J.D.
Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie P.A.
Michael J. Davis, J.D.
Chief Judge
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
Christopher J. Policinski
President and CEO
Land O’Lakes, Inc
Richard K. Davis*
Chairman, President and CEO
U.S. Bancorp
Susan Park Rani
President and CEO
Rani Engineering
Archie Givens, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
President/CEO Company: Rani Engineering
Philip E. Soran
Executive Chairman
Beverly N. Grossman
N. Bud and Beverly Grossman Foundation
Erik Torgerson*
Senior Advisor
Norwest Equity Partners
Russell Huffer
Retired Chairman and CEO
Apogee Enterprises
Bradford W. Wallin
Minneapolis Grain Exchange
Ezell Jones
Vice President of Business Development and Relationship Management
CBIZ Insurance Services, Inc.
Kevin F. Warren, J.D.
Chief Operating Officer
Minnesota Vikings
Eric W. Kaler, Ph.D.*
University of Minnesota
Brian D. Wenger, J.D.
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer
Erwin A. Kelen
Kelen Ventures
Jacqueline R. Williams-Roll
Senior Vice President Human Resource Operations
General Mills
Richard M. Kruger
Chairman, President, and CEO
Imperial Oil Limited
Kurt D. Winkelmann
Managing Director and
Head of Risk & Analytical Research
John E. Lindahl
Norwest Equity Partners
Simon KaWo Wong*
Group Chairman
Kampery Group, Hong Kong

* Regent-nominated trustees