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Our Board

The board of directors at a recent in-person board meeting.

Seed Coalition is an independent nonprofit organization governed by a set of by-laws updated and approved by the Board of Directors in October of 2022. Our Board of Directors is comprised primarily of college and university presidents representing a geographically and institutionally diverse group of campuses, as well as several community leaders.

Board Members


Chair: Scott Olson, Chancellor, Minnesota State

Vice Chair: Anne Harris, President, Grinnell College

Treasurer: Ginny Arthur, President, Metropolitan State University

Past Chair: Annette Parker, President, South Central College


Nicholas Benson, Executive Director, University of Iowa

Alicia Faust, Executive Director, Willis Dady Homeless Services

Anne Harris, President, Grinnell College

Mary Holz-Clause, Chancellor, University of Minnesota, Crookston

Rachelle Keck, President, Grand View University

Brian Lenzmeier, President, Buena Vista University

John Manning, Director of Marketing and Communications, Minnesota Private Colleges

Barbara McDonald, President, College of St. Scholastica

Mark Nook, President, University of Northern Iowa

Paula O’Loughlin, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Augsburg University

Suzanne Rivera, President, Macalester College

Janet Schrunk Ericksen, Chancellor, University of Minnesota, Morris

Jared Seliger, President, Allen College

Roxy Traxler, Vice President of Finance and Operations, South Central College

Julio Vargas-Essex, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, North Hennepin Community College

David Weerts, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota

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Seed Coalition strengthens the capacity of colleges and universities to fulfill the public purposes of higher education through its coalition of diverse college campuses in Iowa, Minnesota, and the Midwest. Our network includes rural and urban campuses, public universities and private colleges, community colleges, and trade schools.

We connect higher education professionals who work in the spaces of community and civic engagement and educate students through community and civic learning experiences. Learn about our mission and values and meet our members.

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