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Professor James Scheibel Appointed AARP President in Minnesota


James Scheibel, honorary professor of practice in the School of Business, has an extensive history of advocating for the community and bringing about change. Recognizing his influence, commitment, and expertise, the AARP recently named him the Minnesota State President.

AARP, formerly known as American Association of Retired Persons, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is devoted to strengthening communities and advocating on the issues of healthcare, employment security, and retirement planning. AARP boasts an extensive network of nearly 40 million members across the United States.

“Being state president gives me the opportunity to continue my career of working to ensure all voices are heard by policy and decision makers,” Scheibel said. “I look forward to engaging members throughout the state to advocate for a better quality of life.”

In this role Scheibel will focus on building strong financial futures for individuals, maintaining access to reliable health care, coping with demands of caregiving and aging, and many other issues that are important to Minnesotans over the age of 50 as well as the general population. Scheibel will work with a team of AARP members, volunteers, staff, legislators and state residents to find solutions to these issues that can fundamentally change the lives of many individuals.

“Together we can create stronger communities and address our most pressing issues,” Scheibel said.

Scheibel has previously served as AARP’s interim state president and belonged to the organization’s executive council in Minnesota. In his distinguished career he has also served as mayor of the City of St. Paul, a community organizer, city councilmember, director of Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) and the Senior Corps, and filled leadership roles at Community Action, Minnesota Campus Compact, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

“Jim truly embodies everything AARP is striving to achieve on a state and national level,” AARP Minnesota State Director Will Phillips said. “He understands the importance of empowering people age 50-plus to prepare themselves for what’s next in all phases of their lives. He also brings a lifetime of community building experience to AARP. We are thrilled and honored to have Jim on board to help lead our statewide efforts.”

Since 1964, when President Johnson launched the War on Poverty, Scheibel has been active and steadfast in his endeavors to end poverty. Having advocated for policy initiatives, Scheibel became an elected official and national leader on the issues of homelessness, immigrants and refugees, and hunger, and will continue this important work with AARP.

“Jim is committed to being a strong and capable voice for carrying out AARP’s mission, which is to make life better for all Minnesotans as they age,” Phillips said.

In addition to this new role, Scheibel will continue to teach in the organizational leadership and public policy areas of the Hamline School of Business where he focuses much of his teaching on professional ethics, service, volunteerism, and civic engagement.