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New Chair, Alumni Take the Lead on the Hamline University Board of Trustees

The Hamline University Board of Trustees met during Homecoming and Alumni Weekend with a new chair and two new members — all three of whom graduated from the university. In addition, Bryce Doty ’88 and Cindy Gregorson ’81 were re-elected and will return to the board after a break in service.

New Board Chair Brenda Edmondson Heim ’77 has served as a trustee for multiple terms, bringing years of experience to her leadership role. Her first term on the board was from 2007–2015, and she was re-elected in 2016.

A retired educator, Heim’s philanthropic and volunteer work has assisted the Wayzata School District, Wayzata area nonprofits and several community initiatives including the Caring for Kids Initiative, Partners for Healthy Kids and Bloom Early Learning Center. Heim earned her B.A. from Hamline University and her M.A. in Education from the University of Minnesota. Her husband, David, graduated from Hamline in 1977. They are parents to Elizabeth Heim Haymaker and Carrie Heim Ross ’04, spouse of Jason Ross ’03 MBA ’12.

“I am honored to serve as chair of Hamline’s Board of Trustees right now,” said Heim. “The Hamline board believes that by working in partnership with President Miller, Hamline will emerge a more thriving, relevant, inclusive institution in the post-COVID times to come.”

The board recently welcomed Andrea Mowery ’93, a former Hamline track and cross country athlete who majored in international studies and graduated with Latin and departmental honors as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Gamma Mu. She is president of Mowery Communications, a public affairs and strategic management business. Previously, Mowery was vice president of ClearWay Minnesota, where she served on the executive team and directed the government affairs, communications and strategic planning work for the statewide nonprofit.

“I’m delighted to serve as a trustee,” said Mowery. “My experience as a scholar-athlete at Hamline prepared me for a successful career and provided me lifelong friendships. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help Hamline’s current and future students, faculty and staff thrive.”

Hamline’s other new trustee, Dennis Williams ’94, majored in English at Hamline. After landing a job in human resources at Home Box Office, Inc. (HBO) 22 years ago, he is now senior vice president of corporate social responsibility & corporate affairs, a department he created. In his role, Williams is responsible for WarnerMedia's social impact initiatives and philanthropic strategies. The theme of giving back extends beyond his professional life: Williams serves on the board for The Fund for Public Schools, Horizons National and New York’s LGBTQ Community Center in addition to his work on behalf of Hamline.

“I majored in English, which in combination with the Hamline culture of doing 'all the good you can' helped to shape me and my career,” said Williams. “I welcome the opportunity to give back as a member of the Board of Trustees and to help shape the university so it continues to serve students of today and tomorrow.”

Written by staff.

9/29/2020 updated 10/12/20