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.


Ross Levin, Chair
CEO and Founder
Accredited Investors Inc.
Lynn Casey, Vice Chair
Chair and CEO
John E. Lindahl, Vice Chair
Norwest Equity Partners
Christopher J. Policinski, Vice Chair
Retired President and CEO
Land O’Lakes Inc.
Erik M. Torgerson, Treasurer*
Folden Hills Partners LLC
Shari L. Ballard, Secretary*
Senior Executive Vice President
Best Buy Co.
Michael B. Fiterman, Past Chair
Liberty Diversified International
Kathleen M. Schmidlkofer, President and CEO
University of Minnesota Foundation

Other members

Scott Augustine, M.D.
Founder and CEO
Augustine Biomedical & Design
Margaret E. Lucas*
Regent, University of Minnesota
Brighton Development
Ruth Bachman*
Chair, Community Advisory Board,
Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
Susan I. Marvin
Marvin Windows and Doors
Richard B. Beeson, Jr.*
Regent, University of Minnesota
EVP, Corporate Development & Government Relations, Sunrise Bank
David J. Meyer*
CEO & Chairman
Titan Machinery Inc.
Mary  K. Brainerd*
President and CEO
Virginia H. Morris
Hubbard Radio
Blythe A. Brenden
Blythe Brenden-Mann Foundation
David C. Mortenson
M.A. Mortenson Co.
Linda A. Cohen, Ph.D.*
Regent, University of Minnesota
Thomas G. Olson
Retired Managing Director
Prime Mortgage
Michael J. Davis, J.D.
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
Richard T. Ostlund, J.D.
Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie P.A.
Richard K. Davis*
Former Chairman, President, and CEO
U.S. Bancorp
Susan Park Rani
Retired President and CEO
Rani Engineering
Archie Givens, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Givens Development
Michael F. Roman
Chief Executive Officer
3M Co.
Kenneth C. Glaser
K. Charles Development
Philip E. Soran
Executive Chairman
Deborah L. Hopp
Senior Vice President,
MSP Communications
Publisher, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Delta Sky Magazine, and
Esta E. Stecher
Managing Director
The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Russell Huffer
Retired Chairman and CEO
Apogee Enterprises
Bradford W. Wallin
Minneapolis Grain Exchange
Ezell Jones
Founder and Managing Partner
Fifth Quarter Integrated Solutions
Theresa B. Ward
SVP Wealth Management,
Wealth Management Advisor
Merrill Lynch
Eric W. Kaler, Ph.D.*
University of Minnesota
Kevin F. Warren, J.D.
Chief Operating Officer
Minnesota Vikings
Erwin A. Kelen
Kelen Ventures
Brian D. Wenger, J.D.
Former Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer
Richard M. Kruger
Chairman, President, and CEO
Imperial Oil Limited
Penny A. Wheeler, M.D.
President and CEO
Allina Health
Richard L. Lindstrom, M.D.
Minnesota Eye Consultants
Jacqueline R. Williams-Roll
Senior Vice President Human Resource Operations
General Mills
Walter F. Ling*
Retired Vice President and Minnesota Senior State Executive
Simon KaWo Wong*
Group Chairman
Kampery Group, Hong Kong

* Regent-nominated trustees