Bethany Lutheran’s Dan Bruss to Lead Minnesota Private College Council & Minnesota Private College Fund
ST. PAUL, June 5, 2013 — Dan Bruss, Ph.D., president of Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, will chair the Minnesota Private College Council as well as the Minnesota Private College Fund as of July 1. Bruss has led the liberal arts college since January 2003.
“I’m looking forward to helping advance the interests of private nonprofit colleges and the students we serve,” Bruss said. “Through the Council’s advocacy for need-based financial aid, we help students statewide, at both public and private colleges.”
Under Bruss’ leadership, the college has expanded its academic programs, successfully transitioned its athletic program to NCAA DIII membership, and expanded its international education offerings. Other highlights of his presidency have included the construction of a both a new residence hall and a state-of-the-art academic building which houses a variety of departments and a cutting-edge production studio.
Bruss has earned degrees from Bethany Lutheran College, Augsburg College, Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Montana State University. Prior to his presidency at Bethany, Bruss had been a member of the faculty at Central College in Pella, Iowa, and Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, New York.
He has served as a member of the Greater Mankato Area United Way Executive Board of Directors, Greater Mankato Growth, and the Board of Directors for the Southern Minnesota Advocates.
Other board changes
Two new community members are joining the boards of the two organizations:
- Dr. Michael Lovett, Superintendent, White Bear Lake Area Schools
- H. Theodore Grindal, Partner, Lockridge Grindal Nauen
Lovett is a graduate of Carleton College who has held several leadership positions in K-12 education and teaches at the graduate school level at the University of Minnesota. Grindal is a graduate of Augsburg College and former chair of the Augsburg board of trustees. He leads his firm’s government relations practice and previously served in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office.
About the Minnesota Private College Council and the Minnesota Private College Fund
The Minnesota Private College Council advocates on policy issues and serves members' shared needs. The Minnesota Private College Fund is a separate nonprofit that raises funds for need-based scholarships and operating support. The two nonprofits share the same board members and represent the same 17 nonprofit colleges and universities.