Council staff as well as at our member institutions are available to answer questions about policy issues or research.
Council policy & research contacts
Leadership for the Council's policy efforts comes from Paul Cerkvenik, president, and Alison Piumbroeck Groebner, our director of government relations and community affairs — in consultation with the Policy Committee of the board. If you’re looking for other Council staff, please head to our full staff list.
Paul Cerkvenik is the president of the Minnesota Private College Council and the Minnesota Private College Fund. The Council and Fund serve the shared needs of the 17 nonprofit institutions that are its members.
On behalf of the Council, Paul is particularly active at the Minnesota Capitol, where he works with leaders from the member institutions to advocate for state policy that meets the needs of students, enhances private higher education and strengthens the state. With the Fund, he seeks to sustain corporate and foundation support to support our institutions and their students, including through scholarships.
Paul’s work representing the interests of Minnesota’s Private Colleges includes service on several boards. He is on the Leadership Council of Generation Next, a member of the Minnesota P-20 Education Partnership, a member of the state’s Higher Education Facilities Authority, and a member of the Greater MSP Partner Advisory Council. Nationally he serves on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, as well as on the group’s Tax Policy Committee.
He is also on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives.Paul has been president since 2009. He previously worked as an attorney in private practice in Virginia, Minn.; his previous career in politics included serving as legislative director for the Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Before becoming president, he had served on the Council and Fund’s board of directors, including as chair of the Council’s Public Policy Committee.
A native of the Iron Range, he earned his B.S. degree from Saint John’s University in Collegeville and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota. A St. Paul resident and father of three, he’s also a committed curler.
Megan joined the Council in 2012. She leads the Council’s research efforts, providing data and analysis to support the Council’s policy agenda and admissions work. She previously worked as a research analyst for Applied Policy Research, Inc., a higher education net revenue management consulting company. Megan earned a B.A. in Economics from Carleton College and Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Alison joined the Council in December 2018. She was most recently the Director of Government Affairs at the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Prior to her five years at the Commerce Department, she worked in the Minnesota State Senate. Alison is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, where as an undergraduate she was the recipient of the Spirit of St. Thomas Award for Outstanding Leadership. As well as the Global Citizen Award.
Campus legislative contacts
The campus legislative contacts listed below are the lead contacts at our member institutions on policy matters.
Bethany Lutheran College
Director of Institutional Communication
Director of Marketing
Associate Vice President for External Relations
Helen Clarke Ebert
Director of Digital Strategy and Public Affairs
Tel: 507- 222-4183
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Executive Director of Financial Aid
Director of Institutional Research and Assessment
The College of St. Scholastica
Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Concordia College, Moorhead
Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing
Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Financial Aid
Concordia University, St. Paul
Bruce P. Corrie
Associate Vice President, University Relations
Provost and Chief Operating Officer
Gustavus Adolphus College
Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Director of Communications
Director of Digital Engagement and Public Affairs, Communications and Marketing
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Grants and Project Administrator
Saint Mary' University of Minnesota
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
St. Catherine University
Associate Dean of Enrollment and Director of Financial Aid
St. Olaf College
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
University of St. Thomas
Chief of Staff and Liaison to the Office of the President
Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations