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Barbara Laskin

Macalester College Board of Trustees Elects New Members

St. Paul, Minn. - May 20, 2009 - At its May 15, 2009 meeting, the Macalester College Board of Trustees elected two new members for three-year terms:

Jennifer (Jo) Opdyke Wilhelm ’96, of Seattle, Wash., is an ecologist for the King County (Seattle) Department of Natural Resources and Parks. She majored in biology at Macalester and holds a master's in aquatic ecology from the University of Michigan. Prior to assuming her current role, she studied rainforest frogs in Papua New Guinea, protected nesting sea turtles in Florida, and worked for the Nature Conservancy. In 2006, Wilhelm and her husband Kevin Wilhelm ’95, established the Jennifer and Kevin Opdyke Wilhelm Scholarship to support a first-year student from Washington.

Maura Donovan, PhD, ’85, of St. Paul, Minn., is vice president, Corporate Research and Development, at Medtronic, and Program Director – Research for MG Biotherapeutics, a Medtronic-Genzyme joint venture. Donovan joined Medtronic in 1991 and has held various technical and managerial positions focused primarily on the interface between biological research and medical device development. She majored in chemistry and Russian and completed her PhD in pharmacology at the University of Washington. She also completed post-doctoral training in genetics at the University of Minnesota. She holds 18 patents and was named a Medtronic Bakken Fellow in 2003. Her father, William Donovan, was professor of classics at Macalester from 1966 to 1992.

Brian S. Berkopec ’91, Lynn Niederfeld Morgan ’68, and John C. Robinson ’71, have completed their terms of service on the board.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,858 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.