Posted: July 16, 2003

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees today elected officers for the coming year: Jim Luoma, Cohasset, will serve as board chair; Bob Hoffman, Waseca, will serve as vice chair; and Ann Curme Shaw, Minnetonka, will be treasurer. Their one-year terms begin Aug. 1.

Luoma, who served as vice chair during the past two years, has spent his career in education. He started as a teacher for the South Washington County School District and later was a principal in the district. Luoma then served as superintendent of the Grand Rapids public schools before retiring in 1999, the year he was appointed to the Board of Trustees for a six-year term.

Luoma earned his doctorate from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, his master's degree from Northern State College in Aberdeen, S.D., and his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Luoma began his higher education at Eveleth Junior College, now part of Mesabi Range Community and Technical College. The college is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

Hoffman has been a vice president of Taylor Corporation since 1988. He began his career as a teacher and coach in Redwood Falls and then served as principal of Wanamingo High School. In 1969, he became an educational consultant in data processing for IBM.

After Hoffman earned a doctorate in education from Utah State University, he returned to education as assistant superintendent of schools in Worthington, then became superintendent of schools in Waseca in 1974. The following year, he joined Brown Printing Company in Waseca, holding positions including director of marketing, vice president of manufacturing and senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Hoffman was appointed to a six-year term on the system's Board of Trustees in 2000. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, one of the system's seven state universities.

Shaw is a vice president and associate general counsel of Ceridian Corporation. She previously was a lawyer with Oppenheimer, Wolff and Donnelly. She holds a law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law, as well as a master's degree from the University of Illinois and a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's University of Minnesota. She was appointed to a six-year term on the Board of Trustees in 2002.

The Board of Trustees governs the largest system of higher education in the state. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities comprises 33 state universities, community colleges, technical colleges and comprehensive community and technical colleges in 46 Minnesota communities.