Board of Trustees
From the Foundation Board Chair
Thank you. Your investment in Metropolitan State University through the University Foundation is shaping the communities we live in.
Your support to the Metro Fund, scholarships, and programs creates an exceptional experience for Metro State students. Our students are lifelong learners, working toward their dreams for a brighter future for their families and our state.
You’ve helped families prosper. Metropolitan State is ranked among the top two percent of colleges and universities nationally for our ability to help low-income students achieve higher incomes through education. Metro State improves the socio-economic mobility of our students better than any other school in Minnesota thanks to your investment and exemplary leadership and scholarship.
You’ve strengthened our state’s economy. Metro State alumni will contribute $23 billion to the Minnesota economy over the span of their careers. By prioritizing your gift to Metropolitan State University Foundation each year, you help us prepare students for and to advance through the workforce.
Together, we are building a vibrant future.
The Metropolitan State Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees, that consists with members who are of business and community leaders:
Jeanette Augustson, HealthPartners Institute
Zeeshan Baig ’05, Post Consumer Brands
Chris Boese, Regions Hospital
Wendy Brekken, Wells Fargo
Robert Carter, Summit Mortgage
Joseph Ellis, Wells Fargo
Ezell Jones, Fifth Quarter Integrated Solutions
Ochen Kaylan ’08, Attorney
Greg Lais, Wilderness Inquiry
Michael Langley, Greater MSP
Leslee LeRoux, TKDA
Michael O'Connor ’92, Medtronic
Mike Parrish ’88, North Memorial Health Care (Retired)
Colin Partridge ’00, Carlson Travel
Carmen Shields, Collegis Education
Rick Smith, Travelers
FY 2020 Foundation Board Meeting and Event Dates
Sept. 19, 2019
Dec. 6, 2019
Feb. 20, 2020
April 23, 2020
June 18, 2020
President’s Reception – Sept. 6, 2019
Foundation Scholarship Event – April 4, 2020