Posted: September 18, 1996

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Bill Ulland of Duluth today was elected chair of the Board of Trustees for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), the system of community colleges, state universities and technical colleges.

Christine Fritsche of Marshall was elected to succeed Ulland as vice chair. Denise Stephens of Stillwater was elected as secretary and Stephen Maxwell of St. Paul as treasurer. The new officers will assume their duties on October 1.

Ulland replaces Gary Mohrenweiser of Eden Prairie, who has served as chair since January 1, 1995, and will continue to serve on the board. Mohrenweiser is a manager with National Computer Systems Inc., Assessments Division in Minnetonka.

"Gary Mohrenweiser has provided absolutely outstanding leadership for MnSCU during a very challenging period," said Chancellor Judith Eaton. "MnSCU could not have hoped for a stronger, more effective board chair during the past year and a half -- a time of dramatic change in higher education in Minnesota.

"Gary deserves immense credit for guiding MnSCU through the higher education merger and helping us become the cutting-edge, contemporary system we intend to be.

"We are fortunate that someone of Bill Ulland's capabilities will be continuing the board's tradition of excellent leadership," Eaton said.

Ulland is a certified geologist and a managing partner of the American Shield Company, a mineral exploration and development company operating primarily in Minnesota. He is also chairman of the Chromaline Corp., a manufacturer of chemical film products. He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a geophysical engineering degree and received an M.S. degree in industrial administration from Purdue University..

Fritsche is a real estate developer and owns Southwest Video, a firm that provides videotaping services. She has a B.S. degree in education from the University of Minnesota.

Stephens recently graduated from Century College in White Bear Lake and now attends Metropolitan State University. She serves on the board as the community college student representative. She works as a management analyst for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Maxwell is a retired Ramsey County District Court judge. He received a J.D. degree from the St. Paul College of Law and a B.A. in accounting from Morehouse College.

The 15-member Board of Trustees provides leadership for the system in such areas as academic programs, fiscal management, personnel, admissions requirements, tuition and fees and rules and regulations. The board appoints the chancellor, who serves as chief executive officer of the system and is responsible for the administration of the system.

MnSCU serves more than 151,500 students at campuses in 46 communities around the state.