Campus Committees Appointed by SAC:

Each spring, SAC solicits nominations from the community for committee appointments. New members are appointed in May. If you would like to be considered for a committee, please email .  Additional information (including non-SAC appointed committees) is available on the campus committees page.

Advancement Committee

  • This is a Trustee Committee
  • Mission: Responsible for oversight of fund raising, including policy guidelines, goals, major prospect solicitation, and ensuring an adequate budget.
  • Length of term: 2 years
  • Contact: Kate Abbott at 
  • Appointed Members: 11 trustees, 1 faculty, 1 staff (SAC Representative) and 2 students
  • Permanent Members: College President, Board of Trustees Chair, 3 Representatives from Development, VP for College Advancement
2017-2018 Staff Members
Term End May 2018
Isabel Nelson (SAC Representative)

Benefits Advisory Committee

  • Mission: Reviews, discusses, and provides recommendations about the College’s staff/faculty employee benefits policies and programs.
  • Length of Term: 3 years
  • Contact: Eric Wiertelak at 
  • Appointed Members: 2 faculty (1 member who also sits on SPA), 2 staff (1 exempt and 1 non-exempt) and 1 union representative
  • Permanent Members: Employment Services Benefits Representative
2017-2018 Staff Members
Term End May 2020 Term End May 2018
Sedric McClure
Exempt
Laura Kigin
Non Exempt

Entertainment Committee

  • Mission: Plans and implements a program of entertainment recognizing the important contributions to the life of the college by faculty and staff. Recommend to the President one major event and other occasions each academic year.  Commitment is 2-3 meetings prior to an event and day of event assistance.
  • Length of Term: 3 years
  • Contact: Andi Wulff at
  • Appointed Members: Various staff and faculty
  • Permanent Members: Event Manager​
2016-2017 Staff Members
Term End May 2018 Term End May 2019 Term End May 2020
TBD TBD Meg Thorson
Lisa McCarthy

Honorary Degree Committee

  • Mission: Makes recommendations to the faculty and the Board of Trustees for the awarding of honorary degrees.
  • Length of Term: 3 years
  • Contact: Pam Larson at 
  • Appointed Members: 2 faculty, 2 students, 1 staff
  • Permanent Members: Provost (Chair), Director of College Relations, and Director of Alumni Relations
2017-2018 Staff Members
Term End May 2020
Michele Moylan

Infrastructure Committee

  • This is a Trustee Committee
  • Formerly Buildings and Grounds Committee
  • Mission: Reports to the Board of Trustees on buildings, grounds, and information technology issues.
  • Length of Term: 2 years
  • Contact: David Wheaton at 
  • Appointed Members: 15 trustees, 1 faculty, 1 staff (SAC representative) and 2 students
  • Permanent Members: Director of Facilities Management, Vice President for Administration and Finance, College President, Associate Vice President for Information Technology Services, Board of Trustees Chair
2017-2018 Staff Members
Term End May 2018
Susan Lichtler
SAC Representative

Library and Media Services Advisory Committee

  • Mission: Provide guidance on policies and issues related to the library, as well as media and web services, while avoiding detailed and/or administrative functions. The committee will devote attention to special projects as needed.
  • Length of Term: 2 years
  • Contact: Terri Fishel at 
  • Appointed Members: 1 staff, 3 faculty, 2 students
2017-2018 Staff Members
Term End May 2019
Rachel Weaver

Strategic Planning & Analysis Committee (SPA)

  • Formerly Resources & Planning Committee (RPC)
  • Mission: The Strategic Planning and Analysis Committee acts as an advisory committee to the President regarding long-term planning.  The Committee reviews and monitors the implementation of the existing strategic plan, conducts iterative strategic planning, and analyzes and develops reports in accordance with planning directions.
  • Length of Term: 3 years; students serve 1-year term
  • Contact: Dan Hornbach 
  • Elected Members: 6 faculty, 3 staff, and 2 students
  • Permanent (ex officio) Members: Vice President for Administration and Finance, Director of Institutional Research, Provost
2017-2018 Staff Members 
Term End May 2018 Term End May 2020
Luyen Phan Kristi Fackel
Fritz Vandover

Safe Workplace Committee

  • Mission: To create an injury-free, healthy campus for students, faculty and staff. This committee works in partnership with various campus groups to eliminate the causes of campus or work-related injuries and illnesses.
  • Length of Term: 2 years
  • Contact: Jill Wirth at  and Jason Dempster at, Co-Chairs
  • Appointed Members: 5 staff
  • Permanent Members: Director & Assistant Director of Facilities Services, Director of Safety & Security, Director & Associate Director of Employment Services, Custodial Services Manager, Director of Budget & Institutional Services, Chem Lab Supervisor, a Maintenance Engineer and a Carpenter
2017-2018 Staff Members 
Term End May 2018 Term End May 2019
Laura Secord Tessa Brow
Suzanne Burr Becky Graham
Jay Anderson

Social Responsibility Committee (inactive)

  • Mission: Provides advice to the college’s administration regarding practices and policies on issues with significant implications for responsible institutional behavior. Meets if issues arise.
  • Appointed Members were: 3 staff, 3 faculty, 2 students, 1 Board of Trustees Liaison
  • Please contact  with any questions about this committee.


Staff Advisory Council

  • Mission: Elected body that recommends/reviews policies affecting staff; provides social and educational opportunities for staff, and appoints/recommends staff representatives to committees.
  • Length of Term: 3 years
  • Contact: Isabel Nelson
  • Elected Members: 5 exempt staff, 4 non-exempt staff
  • See our Members page for additional detail

Staff Outstanding Service Award Committee (SOSAC)

  • Mission: Selects the recipient of the annual Staff Outstanding Service Award
  • Length of Term: 3 years
  • Contact: Bob Graf at 
  • Appointed members: 3 exempt staff, 2 non-exempt staff, prior year’s SOSA recipient.
  • Permanent Members: Director of Employment Services
2017-2018 Staff Members 
Term End May 2018 Term End May 2019 Term End May 2020
Nancy Bostrum
(2017 Winner)
Aida Martinez-Freeman
Exempt
Michelle Epp
Exempt
Patti Lydon
Non Exempt
Gregg Olson
Exempt
Ann Warren
Non Exempt

Student Employment Advisory Committee (SEAC)

  • Mission: Serves as a liaison between the Macalester community and Employment Services, Financial Aid, and Student Employment. SEAC addresses faculty, staff and student concerns regarding student employment and student supervisors. The committee also serves the Student Employment Office in an advisory capacity in determining the current and future direction of student employment at Macalester College.
  • Length of Term: 3 years
  • Contact: Amelia Nielsen 
  • Appointed Members: 9 staff and 2 students
  • Permanent members: Associate Director of Financial Aid, Manager Talent & Student Employment; 2 Advisory Members: Staffing Coordinator, Employment Services Director. Staff appointments to SEAC must be evenly balanced between offices that manage small (1-10), medium (11-50), and large (51 or more) numbers of student employees. The committee should have three representatives from each of these areas.
2017-2018 Staff Members
Term End May 2018 Term End May 2019 Term End May 2020
Amanda Walwood – Small Adam Johnson – Small Lisa Ray – Small
Amelia Nielsen – Medium Alison Sommer – Medium Amanda-Rae Barboza – Large
Jacki Betsworth – Large Jacob Dorer – Large
Aaron Colhapp – Medium

Sustainability Advisory Committee

  • Mission: To oversee the implementation of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and the Talloires Declaration. The committee will also recommend policies and practices which best reflect the College’s commitment to an environmentally sustainable world. In addition, the committee will function as a conduit for information exchange about campus sustainability initiatives.
  • Length of Term: 2 years
  • Contact: Suzanne Hansen at 
  • Appointed Members: 2 faculty, 1 exempt staff, 2 non-exempt staff, 4 students
  • Permanent Members: Sustainability Manager, Director of Campus Programs, Director of Facilities Management
2016-2017 Staff Members
Term End May 2018 Term End May 2019
Chris Schommer
Non Exempt
Jeff Conrod
Exempt
Kristi Fackel
Non Exempt

Wellness and Health at Macalester (WHAM)

  • Mission: To foster a working and learning environment which promotes healthy lifestyle choices by increasing awareness, providing educational opportunities, and supporting lifestyle changes. Healthier lifestyles among faculty and staff will in turn create happier, more productive individuals who benefit themselves, Macalester, and the greater community.
  • Length of Term: 2 years
  • Contact: Lisa Broek at 
  • Appointed Members: 1 staff, 1 faculty
  • Permanent Members: Tracy Arndt, Kelly Borke, Lisa Broek, Jason Dempster, Kelly Fang, Susan Fox, Connie Karlen, Steve Murray, Sue Rothenbacher
2017-2018 Staff Members
Term End May 2019
Wayne Glass