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.
  • Contact: Connie Karlen at ckarlen@macalester.edu
  • 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
  • SAC Appointed Staff Member is the Chair of SAC, Connie Karlen

Staff/Faculty Benefits Advisory Committee

  • https://www.macalester.edu/sfbac/
  • 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
  • SAC Appointed Staff Members: Sedric McClure, Exempt (Term End May 2020) & Herta Pittman, Non-Exempt, (Term End May 2021)

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
  • SAC Appointed Staff Members: Meg Thorson (Term End May 2020), Lisa McCarthy (Term End May 2020), Barbara Laskin (Term End May 2021), Jeff Conrod (Term End May 2021)

Honorary Degree Committee

  • https://www.macalester.edu/honorarydegree/
  • Mission: Makes recommendations to the faculty and the Board of Trustees for the awarding of honorary degrees.
  • Length of Term: 3 years
  • Contact: Ann Kraker at akraker@macalester.edu
  • Appointed Members: 2 faculty, 2 students, 1 staff
  • Permanent Members: Provost (Chair), Director of College Relations, and Director of Alumni Relations
  • SAC Appointed Staff Members: Michele Moylan (Term Ends May 2020)

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.
  • 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
  • SAC Appointed Staff Member: Connie Karlen, SAC Chair (Term Ends May 2020)

Library Advisory Committee

  • https://www.macalester.edu/lmadvisory/
  • Mission: The committee will provide guidance on policies and issues related to the library, 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
  • SAC Appointed Staff Member: Rachel Weaver, (Term End May 2019)

Strategic Planning & Analysis Committee (SPA)

  • https://www.macalester.edu/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
  • SAC Appointed Staff Members: Kristi Fackel (Term Ends May 2020), Jake Mohan (Term Ends May 2020), Marga Miller (Term End May 2021)

Safe Workplace Committee

  • https://www.macalester.edu/safeworkplace/
  • 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
  • SAC Appointed Staff Members: Becky Graham (Term End May 2019)

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: Connie Karlen ckarlen@macalester.edu
  • Elected Members: 5 exempt staff, 4 non-exempt staff
  • See our Members page for additional details

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
  • SAC Appointed Staff Members: Gregg Olson, Exempt (Term End May 2019), Michelle Epp Exempt (Term End May 2020), India Halvorson (Term End May 2021)

Student Employment Advisory Committee (SEAC)

  • https://www.macalester.edu/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: Kerri Roesner kroesner@macalester.edu
  • 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.
  • SAC Appointed Staff Members Term Ends May 2020: Lisa Ray – small, Jacob Dorer – large
  • SAC Appointed Staff Members Term Ends May 2021: Term ends 2021: Kerri Roesner – small, Pattie Lydon – small, Janessa Cervantes – small. Catherine Westby – medium. Laura Kigin- medium, Derek Johnson – large.

Sustainability Advisory Committee

  • https://www.macalester.edu/sustainability/about/sustainabilityadv/
  • 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
  • SAC Appointed Staff Members: Jeff Conrod, Exempt (Term End May 2019), Deanna Brabant (Term End May 2020), Kara Warren (Term End May 2020)

Wellness and Health at Macalester (WHAM)

  • https://www.macalester.edu/wham/about/
  • 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, Wayne Glass
  • SAC Appointed Staff Member: Stephanie Alden