Foundation Board of Trustees

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.


Michael Langley  

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