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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is governed by its board of trustees.

The board has fiduciary responsibility for the governance of the university.

Operationally, the board relies on a strong committee structure to oversee the important functions for which it is responsible. The president is the chief executive officer of the university and is also a trustee. The role of a trustee is not ceremonial. It involves serious work and a significant time commitment. The board meets three times a year for two days, on either the Winona or Twin Cities campus. Committees meet in conjunction with regular board meetings. The trustees are a highly accomplished, dedicated, and enthusiastic group of people who share a commitment to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Officers of the Board

BOARD CHAIR
Terry K. Russell B’76
Bonita Springs, Fla.
Retired, Executive Vice President
Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC

 

VICE CHAIR
Michael Laak B’77, J.D.
Maple Grove, Minn.
Senior Legal Counsel
Medtronic, Inc.

 

PRESIDENT
Rev. James P. Burns, IVD, Ph.D.
Winona, Minn.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

 

SECRETARY
Sandra (Kaiser) Simon CST’72
Jupiter, Fla.
Retired President, KJ Investments

 

TREASURER
Gregory Stevens B’74
Saint Paul, Minn.
Retired, Senior Vice President – Wealth Management
UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Board Members

Most Rev. Robert Barron, S.T.D
Winona, MN
Bishop, Diocese of Winona-Rochester

 

Jennifer Baryl B’86
Chicago, Ill.
Vice President of Development
Kohl Children’s Museum

 

Matthew Bilski B’07
New Brighton, Minn.
Lead Chemist
Ecolab

 

Brother Robert Bimonte, FSC
Bronx, N.Y.

 

Robert Cerone B’75
Wilmette, Ill.
Founder and CEO
Cognos HR, LLC

 

Jerome Colletti B’69
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Retired, Managing Partner
Colletti-Fiss, LLC

 

Brother Jack Curran, FSC, Ph.D.
Bronx, N.Y.
Vice President for Mission

 

Brother Michael Fehrenbach, FSC
Burr Ridge, Ill.
Visitor of the Midwest District
Brothers of the Christian Schools

 

Raffi Festekjian
Winchester, Mass.
Executive Chairman- Managing Partner
NuArca, LLC

 

Bobbie (Smith) Gostout ’83, M.D.
Rochester, Minn.
Retired, President
Mayo Clinic Health System

 

Roger S. Haydock B’67, J.D.
Spearfish, S.D.
Professor of Law
Mitchell Hamline School of Law

 

Mark Jacobs
Winona, Minn.
Chief Executive Officer
The Watkins Co.

 

Brother Thomas Johnson, FSC
Romeoville, Ill.

 

Julie Kaiser B’84, DPT
Sheboygan, Wis

 

Sarah (Marek) Landman B’04, M’07
Naples, Fla.
Executive Vice President
Insightful

 

Brother Michael J. McGinniss, FSC, Ph.D.
Philadelphia, Pa.
President Emeritus and Professor of Religion
La Salle University

 

Shaun Powers
Chicago, IL
Retired President, Airgas, Inc.

 

Brother Michael O’Hern, FSC
Lake Forest, Ill.
President Emeritus
Christian Brothers Investment Services

 

Angela Steger B’76
Wilmette, Ill.
Retired, Financial Representative
Rabjohns Financial Group

 

Ann (O’Connor) Trauscht B’77, M.D.
Cottonwood Heights, Utah
Retired, Physician
Advocate Occupational Health

 

Marcy Van Fossen, Ph.D.
Winona, Minn.

Trustees Emeriti

Michael Gostomski B’62
Winona, Minn.

 

Michael Dooley B’66
Chesterfield, Mo.

 

John Ehlert B’67
Sarasota, Fla.

 

Thomas F. Meagher B’53
Burr Ridge, Ill.

 

Paul J. Meyer B’64
Phoenix, Ariz.

 

Mary Ann Remick, CST’64
Rochester, Minn.

 

Joseph Ross B’67
Bonita Springs, Fla.

 

Loras “Red” Sieve B’60
Edina, Minn.

 

David Thies B’59
Edina, Minn.

 

Bernie Wagnild
Lakeville, Minn.