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Barbara Laskin

Macalester Board Elects Three New Trustees

October 6, 2009 - St. Paul, Minn. - The Macalester College Board of Trustees has elected three new trustees:

Photo: Michael HuberMichael Huber ’90, co-president and managing principal of Quadrangle Group LLC in New York City. Huber serves on the Boards of Directors of Access Spectrum, Hargray Holdings, NTELOS Holdings, and DAVE Holdings. He is actively involved in sourcing, conducting due diligence, developing strategies, and enhancing the management teams of Quadrangle’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Quadrangle, Huber was an investment banker at Lazard Frères & Co. LLC, and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He has served on the Macalester College Annual Fund Lead Gifts Committee, as the alumni chapter leader for New York City, and as an organizer of faculty speaker events. Huber holds an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Huber will serve a three-year term, ending in 2012.

Photo: Mark Vander PloegMark Vander Ploeg ’74, senior managing director with Evercore Partners in San Francisco, CA. Prior to joining Evercore, Vander Ploeg worked at Merrill Lynch where he served as vice chairman of Investment Banking, co-head of Consumer Industries and head of West Coast Operations. Previously, he also served as a managing director at Salomon Brothers. Vander Ploeg serves on several advisory boards at Stanford University and is on the board of directors of Project Pericles in New York. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. Vander Ploeg previously served on the Macalester Board of Trustees from May, 1989, to May, 2006. He chaired the board from May, 2000, to May, 2006. He was elected to a two-year term, ending in 2011.


Photo: John B. WaltonRev. Jon B. Walton ‘69, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, New York City. Prior to serving First Presbyterian, Walton served congregations in Wilmington, DE, Long Island, NY, New Canaan, CT, and New York City, NY. He has received numerous awards and honors, including New York City Council of Churches Outstanding Ministry Award, the Village Times Man in Religion Award, and the William H. Hudnut Award in Preaching. He received an honorary degree from Macalester College in 2005. He holds an M.Div from Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY and a D.Min from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA. He was elected to a three-year term, ending in 2012.


Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,958 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.