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.


Jacqueline R. Williams-Roll, Chair
Chief Human Resources Officer
General Mills

Kenneth C. Glaser, Vice Chair
K. Charles Development

Roger J. Sit, Treasurer
Sit Investment Associates

Shari L. Ballard, Past Chair*
Chief Executive Officer
Minnesota United FC

Thomas G. Olson, Secretary
Retired Managing Director
Prime Mortgage

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

Christine K. Searson, CFO and VP of Finance
University of Minnesota Foundation

Other members

Blythe A. Brenden
Blythe Brenden-Mann Foundation

Dorothy J. Bridges
Interim President and CEO

Lynn Casey
Former Chair and CEO

Rebecca A. Crooks-Stratton*
Secretary and Treasurer
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

Mary A. Davenport*
University of Minnesota

Acooa Ellis
SVP, Community Engagement
Greater Twin Cities United Way

Michael B. Fiterman*
Liberty Diversified International

Joan T.A. Gabel
University of Minnesota

Julie E. Gilbert

Kurt E. Heikkila
Founder and CEO
Tundra Companies

Hoyt M. Hsiao
President and CEO
Shaw-Lundquist Construction

Douglas A. Huebsch*
Regent, University of Minnesota
President, Goose Group, Inc.

Michael H. Johnson
Johnson Brothers Liquor

Ruth E. Johnson, M.D.*
Regent, University of Minnesota
Physician, Mayo Clinic

Ezell Jones
Founder and Managing Partner
Fifth Quarter Integrated Solutions

James K. Lee
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Michael P. Lehan, Ed.D.
Head of School
IMG Academy

Beth Kieffer Leonard
Managing Partner
Lurie LLP

Ross Levin
CEO and Founder
Accredited Investors Inc.

John E. Lindahl*
Former Chairman
Norwest Equity Partners

Laurie Marsh
EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

David J. Meyer*
CEO & Chairman
Titan Machinery Inc.

David C. Mortenson
M.A. Mortenson Co.

Abdul M. Omari, Ph.D.
Regent Emeritus
University of Minnesota
CEO and Founder
AMO Enterprise

Richard T. Ostlund, J.D.*
Chairman of the Board
M Health Fairview Health System
Anthony Ostlund

Bethany M. Owen
Chair, President, and CEO

Lynne S. Redleaf, J.D.
Lynne & Andrew Redleaf Foundation

Michael F. Roman*
Chief Executive Officer
3M Co.

Ty R. Silberhorn
President and CEO
Apogee Enterprises

Philip E. Soran
Technology Entrepreneur
Lead Director
Piper Sandler

Esta E. Stecher, J.D.
Managing Director
The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Darrell A. Thompson
Bolder Options

Erik M. Torgerson*
Folden Hills Partners LLC

Peter A. Vorbrich
Retired CFO
CarVal Investors

Bradford W. Wallin*
Minneapolis Grain Exchange

Theresa B. Ward
Managing Director, Private Wealth
Merrill Lynch

Nancy Wiser
Independent Trustee, Eaton Vance Mutual Funds
Corporate Director, Rimes Technologies

* Regent-nominated trustees