New SJU Board of Trustees members named

August 28, 2013

Saint John's University recently named Brian Crevoiserat, Bill Kling, Peggy Ladner, Dan McKeown and Richard Ostlund to its Board of Trustees. SJU trustees serve three-year terms and are eligible to serve three consecutive terms.

Terence Check was named the faculty trustee and Tyler Brown was named the new student trustee. The faculty representative serves a two-year term, and the student representative serves a one-year term.

These trustees began their terms on July 1. The board consists of 35 members.

Crevoiserat, a 1981 SJU graduate with a degree in accounting, is a senior vice president and national sales executive in the institutional retirement and trust business at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. He began his career with accounting/finance positions at both Jostens, Inc. and Ecolab Inc. before joining Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo) in 1989. He is a member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Crevoiserat is actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America in leadership positions. He has served SJU as a member and president of the National Alumni Association, as the alumni representative to the Board of Regents, as a member of the Resource Development Committee and on the Leadership Cabinet for the past two Capital Campaigns. 

Kling, a 1964 SJU graduate with a degree in economics, is president emeritus of American Public Media Group. He was the founding president of Minnesota Public Radio - which began in 1967 as classical music station KSJR in Collegeville - and American Public Media, the national public radio network which serves over 900 public radio stations. Kling was given the Edward R. Murrow Award in 1981 by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In 2004, he was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcaster's Hall of Fame, and in 2011 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from SJU. In 2000, Kling was listed as one of the "100 Most Significant Individuals of the 20th Century" by both the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune newspapers.

Ladner has worked for The Nature Conservancy since 1997, as the assistant state director for development and operations and the state director of Minnesota and the Dakotas since July 2006. She has an undergraduate degree in political science and environmental studies from St. Louis University, and a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Ladner has trained and supervised environmental staff, run issue and electoral campaigns to advance environmental and conservation agendas and worked with a range of organizations, including Clean Water Action, Clean Water Fund, National League of Conservation Voters, Minnesota Environmental Fund and Minnesota Progressive Voters Alliance. She helped found a number of organizations, including the Minnesota League of Conservation Voters in 1984. She is the daughter of 1948 SJU graduate Frank Ladner.

McKeown, a 1985 SJU graduate with a degree in economics, is the president and CEO of Specialty Manufacturing Company, which manufactures brass and plastic ball valves, check valves and swivel connectors and a line of National Sanitation Foundation listed valves used in the pure water industry. He is involved in Rotary Club, Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association and Vistage, which provides professionally facilitated peer advisory groups that help CEOs, business owners and senior executives become better leaders, make better decisions and achieve better results. Previously, McKeown was involved in the information technology industry and was also involved in a capital campaign for children's schools in 2003.

Ostlund, a 1979 SJU graduate with a degree in humanities, began practicing law in 1982. He founded the Private and Family Litigation Group while a partner at Lindquist & Vennum where he practiced for 19 years, the last six as a managing partner. In 2001, he joined Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie as a principal. Ostlund specializes in litigating business cases including banking, shareholder and corporate governance, insurance coverage, intellectual property, business disparagement and anti-trust and employment matters. He has been recognized as one of the leading trial lawyers in Minnesota, and was selected by Minnesota Lawyer newspaper as Minnesota Lawyer of the Year in 2009.

Check is a professor of communication and chair of the Communication Department at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. He teaches courses on environmental rhetoric, apology and crisis communication, political campaign communication, argumentation and advocacy, debate, the rhetoric of advertising, public speaking and the public sphere, and rhetoric, culture and criticism. His research is on contemporary environmental public discourses and the rhetoric of domestic energy production and consumption. He has taught at CSB and SJU since 1994.

Brown is a junior political science major from Sioux City, Iowa. He was elected by the Saint John's Student Senate to serve as the student trustee and works as a student coordinator for the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement at Saint John's University. Brown is the public relations coordinator for the CSB/ SJU Speech and Debate Club and chair of the College Republicans. He also volunteers as a tutor for Hands Across the World in St. Cloud, Minn.