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Academic Affairs Committee

The Academic Affairs committee provides oversight and support to ensure that:

  • The educational program is of the highest caliber and sets the highest standards for academic achievement as is appropriate to Macalester’s dynamic student body.
  • The academic budget adequately reflects academic and institutional priorities.
  • The college hires & retains the best possible faculty and ensures faculty personnel policies, procedures, and staffing levels are equitable in support of academic priorities.
  • The college engages actively in internal and external assessment of its academic programs.

Admissions Committee

The Admissions Committee assists in setting the College’s admissions goals and reviewing and measuring progress toward reaching these goals. Committee responsibilities include:

  • Providing long-range direction and assisting in long-range planning of admissions activities
  • Analyzing and prioritizing admissions objectives and evaluating progress made toward the achievement of those objectives
  • Evaluating institutional support for Admissions and Financial Aid programs and activity
  • Assisting with strategic initiatives concerning marketing goals and procedures
  • Reviewing the profile of each fall’s entering class and the results of previous year’s recruiting cycle
  • Providing guidance regarding data tracking and report formats to help inform the Board and the campus community

Advancement Committee

The Advancement Committee is responsible for ensuring that Macalester has an active, well-organized and adequately budgeted advancement program. The Advancement Committee should have among its members Board leaders and others who are effective advocates – individuals of affluence and stature who can persuade others to help. Committee responsibilities include:

  • Foster an understanding among the Board of the role that development, alumni relations and college relations play in advancing the mission of the College.
  • Ensure the Advancement program is aligned with the mission and planning priorities as approved by the Board.
  • Monitor the overall advancement program.
  • Approval of fundraising and gift acceptance policies.
  • Encourage 100% participation by Board members in making a leadership gift appropriate to their financial circumstances.
  • Identify prospects and monitor prospect solicitation efforts.
  • Set goals for Board members’ giving and soliciting Board gifts.

Audit and Risk Committee

Committee responsibilities include:

  • Recommend to the Board of Trustees the appointment of independent auditors.
  • Review and discuss the scope of each upcoming audit. Review the completed audited financial statements, primarily from a fiscal control/safeguarding assets perspective, and report the results of this review to the Board.
  • Review and discuss the auditors’ management letter and the Administration’s response.
  • Periodically review the internal control policies of the Institution.
  • Monitor potential conflicts of interest by Board members and senior staff.

Campus Life Committee

The Campus Life Committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending strategies to enhance the overall quality of the student experience. This includes ensuring there are appropriate and adequate resources for essential programs and services.  In addition, the Campus Life Committee provides a means of communication between students and members of the Board of Trustees. Committee responsibilities include:

  • Provide support for the Student Board Liaison and Macalester College Student Government.
    Monitor Student Affairs’ assessment of student learning initiatives.
  • Assist in the evaluation of divisional departments, including the Career Development Center, the Department of Multicultural Life, and the Department of Athletics.
  • Support Student Affairs’ strategic directions planning process and assist in implementation of the strategic plan.
  • Assist where possible, in the development of 1) experiential learning opportunities for current students and 2) networking and vocational opportunities for graduating seniors.
  • Advise the Board of Trustees on matters related to campus life and student affairs.

Committee On Trustees

Committee responsibilities include:

  • Oversight of board governance processes
  • Nominations of Trustees and Trustees Emeriti

Finance Committee

Committee responsibilities include:

  • Review and make recommendations to the Board concerning tuition and fees, the annual operating budget, the capital budget, and budgetary projections.
  • Monitor operating and capital budgets, and review year-end results.
  • Monitor and recommend long-term debt policy and practice.
  • Review and make recommendations regarding other financial and operational matters.

Infrastructure Committee

The Infrastructure Committee focuses on strategic allocation of resources to the infrastructure of the College. The committee provides oversight to ensure that the areas of building operation and technology operate smoothly as state of the art “utilities” so the College functions effectively, and meets evolving and rapidly changing campus needs and expectations of constituents.

Investment Committee

The Investment Committee develops and recommends to the Board investment committee objectives, guidelines and spending policy; selects and appoints investment consultants and managers; evaluates manager performance; and periodically reports to the Board. Development and recommendation of spending policy and rate is a shared responsibility of the Investment and Finance Committees. The Investment Committee also provides oversight of the investment program as executed by Investment Office staff.

Senior Leadership Review Committee

The Senior Leadership Review Committee evaluates the performance of and sets compensation for the President and monitors the President’s oversight and management of compensation of his senior staff. Committee responsibilities include:

  • Carry out an annual performance evaluation with the President, and report the results to the Board.
  • Keep informed about Presidential compensation practices among comparable institutions and set the compensation package for the President from time to time as appropriate, consulting with and obtaining the approval of the full Board as appropriate.
  • Monitor the President’s evaluations of his/her senior direct reports and review and approve significant revisions of their compensation packages and compensation packages for new hires.
  • Keep informed concerning academic institution best practices in performance evaluation and compensation programs for Presidents and senior administrative positions.