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Hamline Welcomes New Board of Trustees Members


Professor Jenny Keil and Michael C. Brilley are the newest elected members of the Hamline University Board of Trustees. In addition, the university welcomes Brenda Edmondson Heim back to the board following a year as an emeritus trustee. They will work with the board to help oversee and develop policies for Hamline during their four-year tenure, which officially began on June 8, 2016.

“Ensuring a strong and diverse Board of Trustees is critical as we move forward. I am delighted with the addition of our new board members and to have Brenda Heim return to the board,” Hamline University President Fayneese Miller said. “The leadership and dedication they bring to the board is vital as we explore strategies that will place Hamline on the path for continued success.”

Professor Jenny Keil was a member of the faculty in the Hamline School of Business for 17 years before retiring in May 2016. She taught economics and management at the undergraduate level; leadership skill development courses in the Hamline MBA program; and also served as chair of the Economics, Strategy, and Marketing Department. 

“I spent my entire academic career at Hamline, just recently retiring, which gives me a unique perspective and voice to bring to board deliberations,” Keil said. “Many higher education institutions are facing significant pressure right now, but I'm hopeful that over the next four years, with open communication and transparency, we will all pull together to make Hamline stronger.” 

Keil was elected as the undergraduate advisor-of-the-year twice. Her dedication to values of service and leadership were recognized with the prestigious John Wesley Trustee Award for Faculty and Staff in the spring of 2016. Keil holds Ph.D. and MBA degrees from the University of Kansas, and a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan. 

Michael C. Brilley is the president and senior fixed income officer of Sit Fixed Income and oversees the operations and management of taxable and municipal strategies for custom separately-managed accounts, private investment funds, and mutual funds portfolios. He is also a senior vice president and senior fixed income officer for Sit Investment Associates, where he has worked since 1984. He was instrumental in the growth of Sit Fixed Income Advisors, which today manages several billion dollars in fixed income securities across separately-managed accounts, private investment funds, and mutual funds. Previous positions include ten years at First Bank Minneapolis where he was a vice president and senior fixed income officer, and seven years in the trust departments of Merchants National Bank of Indianapolis and the Continental Illinois National Bank of Chicago. 

Brilley earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Millikin University. He is also a Hamline parent; his daughter Jane and son-in-law, Robert Gossard, are Hamline graduates.

Brenda Edmondson Heim served on the Hamline Board from 2007-2015 and was re-elected in 2016. Heim ’77 recently retired as the director of the Caring for Kids Initiative, a program of Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners that provides access to quality early care and education, kindergarten readiness, and family stability supports for children from low-income families. A community volunteer with an extensive volunteer resume, she has a particular interest in education issues as a former teacher in the Osseo School District.

 “Quality education is of paramount importance to my family and me,” Heim said on her appointment. “It is an honor to be representing my alma mater, a university that has a long and rich history of providing students with a quality education, as well as encouraging the development of their social consciousness.”

Heim’s philanthropy and volunteer work includes the Wayzata School District, Wayzata area nonprofits, and several community initiatives including Caring for Kids Initiative, Partners for Healthy Kids, and Bloom Early Learning Center. She has also led philanthropic and volunteer work for several YMCAs, including Ridgedale Area, Southdale Area, and Metropolitan Minneapolis, and for Hamline University. Heim earned her B.A. from Hamline University and her M.A. in Education from the University of Minnesota. Her husband David is also a Hamline alum and they are parents to Elizabeth and Carrie, a 2004 Hamline graduate.