Posted: September 30, 2003

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Choate represents the Central Region on the association's 26-member board and also serves on its Public Policy Committee. Choate was reappointed to the board by Chair David Rutledge for a one-year term expiring at the association's annual convention in October 2004.

"Mary has demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of board governance issues related to community colleges," said Rutledge, a trustee at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich. "I believe that she will be an asset to the ACCT Board of Directors as we develop policies that will focus on helping our members develop excellence in trusteeship."

The Association of Community College Trustees is a nonprofit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern 1,200 community, technical and junior colleges in the United States, Canada and England. The association offers trustee training and professional development, educational programs, research and publications, board services and public policy advocacy.

"It is a great honor to represent the state of Minnesota on this board," Choate said. "I am very proud of the community colleges in our system and the role they play in the economic vitality of our communities."

Choate, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees since 1998, served as its chair from July 2001 through July 2003 and chair of its Audit Committee.

"Choate's reappointment to the Association of Community College Trustees Board of Directors reflects her excellent leadership style of collaboration and consensus building as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System for the past two years," said Jim A. Luoma, current chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. "We are very proud of her appointment to this distinguished national association."

Choate is a graduate of St. Cloud State University. She and her husband, David Choate, own and operate eight McDonald's restaurants in the Twin Cities area, and she serves as secretary/treasurer for the business. Choate formerly was a stockbroker with Piper Jaffray, E.F. Hutton and Norwest Investment Services.

The mission of the Association of Community College Trustees is promoting effective board governance through advocacy and education. The organization helps community college boards lead their institutions by providing trustee education, informing decision-makers about the national community college system, gathering and providing information that trustees need to make policy decisions on behalf of their communities, and ensuring that community college boards remain accountable to their constituencies through informed decision-making.