Meet the three new Trustees

By Laura Johnson

The Macalester Board of Trustees elected three new members this spring. Susan Schwartz, Carrie Killoran and Michael Klingensmith who were selected through an appointment and election process, will each serve three-year terms on the board. Each of the new trustees has some connection to Macalester, as alumni and parents of alumni. The Board of Trustees is responsible for appointing the president, evaluating tenure decisions, assuring that Mac has adequate physical facilities and making certain that the institution is well managed. They also decide how to allocate the budget. All of the trustees arrived on campus this week and meet today to discuss their plans for the year.

The Board of Trustees’ faces are also on Macalester computer screens this week, many of which cycle through information about the Trustees on their desktops. The Trustees will also be available for a Cafe Mac special “Brunch with the Trustees” Sat., Oct. 2 10:20-11:20 a.m.

Susan Schwartz is a graduate of the Macalester class of 1971. She earned her JD three years later from the University of Chicago and joined the Illinois bar later that year. She served as a corporate lawyer for the First National Bank of Chicago for 20 years before joining Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, a leading provider of business law information and software (formally known as CCH Inc), to work as a financial writer. She has been an active participant of college events and was a member of her 25th reunion planning committee.

Michael Kligensmith is the parent of a 2010 Macalester graduate. He earned a BA and MBA from the University of Chicago and went on to have a 31-year career at Time Inc, where he served as executive vice president. He was also the general manager of TIME worldwide, circulation director of four different magazines and Time’s group circulation director. He was the founding publisher and president of Entertainment Weekly and president of Sports Illustrated. Klingensmith also serves on the boards of the American Foundation for AIDS Research and the YMCA of Minneapolis.

Carrie Killoran is a 1994 Macalester graduate, and calls her time at Mac “an amazing experience.” She is currently the vice president and chief compliance/integrity officer for Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee. She earned her MPP from Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 1996 and her JD from Harvard Law School in 1999. Previously, she was a partner with Quarles & Brady LLP health law practice and Michael, Best and Friedrich’s health care practice group. Killoran has an active history with Macalester-while an undergraduate, she was a member of the debate team and a Truman Scholar. After graduation, she served on the Macalester Alumni Board from 1998 to 2004.

Killoran said that she hopes “Mac will continue to thrive as the small, vibrant institution that has made it so strong”. She went on to express “a strong sense of obligation to ensure that we build on that tradition to best prepare future generations”.