Hamline News

February 10, 2011

Dan Boivin (JD ’81) appointed by Governor Dayton to chair Airports Commission

Dan Boivin, a 1981 graduate of Hamline Law, has been named chair of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.  Boivin has served on the MAC since 2002.

“Dan Boivin brings business savvy, along with strong experience on the MAC board to the important role of MAC Board Chair,” said Gov. Dayton in a prepared statement.  “He understands the role of MSP Airport to the economic competitiveness of our state.  He also understands that the airport exists to serve the needs of Minnesota consumers.  Dan will promote safe, convenient, cost-competitive aviation services for customers.”

In addition to serving on the MAC, Boivin is the executive vice-president, chief legal officer, and general counsel for SeeChange Health, a value-based health insurance and technology company.  Previously, Boivin  served as attorney and partner with the Meshbesher & Spence law firm.  He served as the chair of the Minnesota Bar Association Civil Litigation Section, and has provided pro bono legal representation and as a volunteer judge for the Minnesota State High School Mock Trial Tournament.

During Boivin’s tenure, the Metropolitan Airports Commission led expansion of the Lindbergh Terminal, completed a new Humphrey Terminal, added a fourth runway, and connected the MSP terminals to downtown Minneapolis and the Mall of America via the Hiawatha Light Rail line.

 “I am honored to be chosen by Gov. Dayton to chair the Metropolitan Airports Commission and serve the citizens of Minnesota,” said Boivin in a statement. “Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport is the 12th busiest airport and one of the largest economic engines between Chicago and the West Coast and is consistently ranked by passengers as one of the best large airports in the world. I look forward to working with everyone to keep MSP and its six reliever airports one of the safest, most convenient and efficiently run airports in the world.”

The MAC, created in 1943, operates the third largest aviation system in the nation, which includes the Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport and six reliever airports: Airlake, Anoka County-Blaine, Crystal, Flying Cloud, Lake Elmo, and St. Paul Downtown (Holman Field).