The Benefits Advisory Committee (BAC) serves as an advisory board for the Treasurer, Provost, and Employment Services Director. As a representative body, BAC recognizes the importance of both tangible and intangible benefits. The Committee advocates for comprehensive benefits which meet the needs of a diverse workforce with appropriate financial contributions from both the institution and the employees. BAC considers concerns of Macalester community members regarding benefits and makes recommendations when appropriate. The Committee also assists with communicating benefits information to the Macalester community to ensure that everyone is well informed.
Questions or concerns may be directed to any of the Benefits Advisory Committee members.
Eric Wiertelak, Faculty Representative and Chair 2019-2020
Jason Dempster, Employment Services Representative
Herta Pitman, Non-Exempt Staff Representative
Andrew Beveridge, Faculty Representative
Harry Waters Jr., RPC Liaison
Sedric McClure, Exempt Staff Representative
Sandra Street, Collective Bargaining Staff Representative
Bob Graf, Director of Employment Services, Ex Officio
July 31, 2019: The committee met to receive a presentation on proposed healthcare insurance structure and costs for calendar year 2020 fro Employment Services. Committee members discussed and asked for clarification on several aspects of the plan to be provided in a subsequent meeting.
August 21, 2019: The committee reconvened discussion of the 2020 healthcare insurance structure and costs. Ultimately, a plan for 2020 was endorsed by the committee by vote, and a recommendation was sent to Treasurer Wheaton and Provost Moe.
No further meetings were held in Fall as per practice to allow preparation and conduct of the open enrollment period. Meetings in Spring, 2020 will be held monthly beginning in late February and are topic driven, including discussion of the funding reserve supporting our self-insured status, aspects of our overall benefits program, and other topics that emerge or are brought to the attention of the committee from the community. Summaries of those meetings will be posted here following each meeting.