Board of Regents

The St. Olaf College Board of Regents establishes and advances the mission and strategic priorities of the college. The Board oversees the college’s academic quality and fiscal integrity, ensuring the college’s ability to accomplish its purposes both now and in the future. Key Board responsibilities include appointing and assessing the performance of the college president; approving tenure for faculty members; approving and monitoring the college’s strategic plan; reviewing and approving the college’s annual budget and long-term financial plans; assuring the quality, integrity, and sustainability of the college’s buildings and grounds; and monitoring student outcomes, community well-being, and institutional effectiveness.  The Board’s organization and operations are governed by the college’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

The Board meets three times during the academic year, normally in October, February, and May.  In addition to participating in these meetings, each Regent serves on one or more committees focused on various aspects of the college’s academic programs, community life, governance, and physical and fiscal resources.

Regents

All Regents with voting franchise are either appointed or elected to the Board by its current members.  Two Regents hold appointed positions, one as a recent graduate of the college and the other as a liaison to the college’s alumni organization.  The remaining Regents are elected to six-year terms that normally commence at the October Board meeting in the year of their election.  They may be re-elected to a second six-year term.

Officers of the Board

Chair: Larry Stranghoener ’76
Vice Chair: Jay Lund ’81
Secretary: Jo M. Beld (non-Regent staff member)
Treasurer: Glenn Taylor ’73

Regent Information

David R. Anderson ’74
Ex-Officio
President
St. Olaf College
Northfield, Minnesota

Kevin P. Bethke ’78
Elected 2006; Term 2 concludes 2019
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology, Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois

Kari Bjorhus ’80
Elected 2013; Term 1 concludes 2019
Vice President, Global Communications
Ecolab, Inc.
St. Paul, Minnesota

Jeffrey W. Bolton
Elected 2016; Term 1 concludes 2022
Vice President, Administration
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Gregory L. Buck ’77
Elected 2011; Term 2 concludes 2023
President
Productivity, Inc.
Plymouth, Minnesota

Sonja Clark ’03
Appointed 2017; appointment concludes 2020
Senior Consultant
FICO
San Rafael, California

Rev. William O. Gafkjen ’79
Elected 2011; Term 2 concludes 2023
Bishop
Indiana-Kentucky Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Indianapolis, Indiana

Peter Gotsch ’86
Elected 2009; Term 2 concludes 2021
Managing Director
Svoboda Capital Partners
Chicago, Illinois

Paul D. Grangaard P ’18
Elected 2018; Term 1 concludes 2024
Retired CEO/President and Advisor
Allen Edmonds Corporation
Port Washington, Wisconsin

John B. Grotting ’71
Elected 2010; Term 2 concludes 2022
Operating Partner
Frazier Healthcare Ventures
Rancho Santa Fe, California

Susan Gunderson ’79
Elected 2015; Term 1 concludes 2021
Chief Executive Officer
LifeSource
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Eric Hanson ’76
Elected 2007; Term 2 concludes 2019
Senior Managing Director
Macquarie Group
New York, New York

Jennifer Hellman ’98
Elected 2018; Term 1 concludes 2024
COO & President
Goff Public
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Jody Kleppe Horner ’84
Elected 2010; Term 2 concludes 2022
President
Midland University
Fremont, Nebraska

Mark Jordahl
Elected 2015; Term 1 concludes 2021
President of Wealth Management
US Bank Wealth Management Group
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ward Klein ’77
Elected 2014; Term 1 concludes 2020
Retired Executive Chairman
Edgewell Personal Care
Chesterfield, Missouri

Jay Lund ’81
Elected 2012; Term 2 concludes 2024
President and CEO
Andersen Corporation
Oak Park Heights, Minnesota

Timothy Maudlin ’73
Elected 2012; Term 2 concludes 2024
Retired Venture Capitalist
Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Philip Milne ’81
Elected 2007; Term 2 concludes 2019
Owner
Rapid Packaging
Champlin, Minnesota

Gretchen Morgenson ’76
Elected 2012; Term 2 concludes 2024
Senior Special Writer, Investigations
The Wall Street Journal
New York, New York

Callyssa Ozzello ’14
Appointed 2016; appointment concludes 2019
Business Analysis Senior Associate
Boom Lab
Minneapolis, Minnesota

John R. Raitt
Elected 2016; Term 1 concludes 2022
Retired Partner, President & CEO
Harris Associates L.P.
Wilmette, Illinois

Jon W. Salveson ’87
Elected 2010; Term 2 concludes 2022
Vice Chairman of Investment Banking
Piper Jaffray, Inc.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Larry Stranghoener ’76 (Board Chair)
Elected 2005; Term 2 concludes 2019
Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mosaic Company
Plymouth, Minnesota

Glenn Taylor ’73
Elected 2008; Term 2 concludes 2020
Retired President
MEDCO Health Solutions, Inc.
Libertyville, Illinois

Alphonso Tindall ’76
Elected 2010; Term 2 concludes 2022
Partner
Schiff Hardin LLP
New York, New York

Theresa Hull Wise ’89
Elected 2013; Term 1 concludes 2019
Retired Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Delta Airlines
Bloomington, Minnesota

Senior Regents

Senior Regents (non-voting) are former Board members elected by current Regents in recognition of their sustained and significant service to the Board and to the college.

Dean L. Buntrock ’55
Elected Senior Regent 1995
Regent, 1972 – 1986
Board Chair, 1986 – 1995

 B. Kristine Olson Johnson ’73
Elected Senior Regent 2017
Regent, 2001 – 2013
Board Chair, 2013 – 2016

Martin E. Marty
Elected Senior Regent 2002
Regent, 1988 – 1994
Board Chair, 1994 – 2001 

Addison “Tad” Piper
Elected Senior Regent 2015
Regent, 1999 – 2010
Board Chair, 2010 – 2013

O. Jay Tomson ’58
Elected Senior Regent 2010
Regent, 1995 – 2006
Board Chair, 2006 – 2010 

Jerrol M. Tostrud ’60
Elected Senior Regent 2011
Regent, 1996 – 2001
Board Chair, 2001 – 2006