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Karen Dolan Rauenhorst among 'proven leaders' named to head St. Kate's Board

Karen Dolan Rauenhorst, a trustee since 2003 and current vice chair of the board, will chair the Board of Trustees at St. Catherine University.
Karen Dolan Rauenhorst, a trustee since 2003 and current vice chair of the board, will chair the Board of Trustees at St. Catherine University.
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The Board of Trustees at St. Catherine University has elected four new officers. Their terms will take effect June 1, 2012, and run through May 31, 2014.

Karen Dolan Rauenhorst, a St. Catherine trustee since 2003 and current vice chair of the board, will assume the role of chair.

Mrs. Rauenhorst has a distinguished record of service to Catholic organizations. She has sat on the boards of Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA and the Catholic Community Foundation, among others. Curently she chairs the board of the Aim Higher Foundation, which provides tuition assistance for the Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

“During her nine years on the board at St. Kate’s, Karen has become my trusted advisor and friend,” says St. Catherine President Andrea Lee, IHM. “I count on her deep knowledge of Catholic education and her strong sense of our mission to guide me in the daily decisions and strategic directions of our work.”

Jean Wincek, CSJ ’62 will continue in her current role as vice chair of the St. Catherine board. Sister Jean was an elected trustee from 1983–92 and again from 2002–09. She currently is the ex-officio trustee representing the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Leadership Team.

An education consultant and adjunct professor in graduate education at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas and Hamline University, Sister Jean formerly worked as a principal at local Catholic schools. She holds a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and two graduate degrees in education.

Joanne Jirik Mullen ’83, an elected trustee at St. Catherine since 2004, will assume the role of vice chair of the board. An attorney and legal consultant, Mrs. Mullen served St. Catherine as president of the Alumnae Association from 2001–04.

Her ties to the University run deep, with a mother and two sisters who also are Katies. A graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, Mrs. Mullen worked as a trial attorney for more than a decade and was named Super Lawyer and Attorney of the Year. She has served on the boards of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Twin Cities Marathon.

Current board chair Mark Chronister will become secretary of the board. A St. Catherine trustee since 2006, Mr. Chronister has served as chair since 2009. He also serves on the board of the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Mr. Chronister’s extensive involvement in the Twin Cities includes past board service at the Academy of Holy Angels, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota Private College Council, Minnesota Business Partnership and the Minneapolis Downtown Council. He is a retired partner at Price Waterhouse Coopers, where he worked from 1973 to 2009.

Sister Andrea says she looks forward to collaborating with the new officers. “This team of proven leaders will guide the University at a crucial time, as we head into a capital campaign and continue to define ourselves nationally as a leading mid-size Catholic university,” she says.

For more information, contact Stacy Jacobson, executive assistant to the president, at 651-690-6525.

May 24, 2012 by Amy Gage

See also: Alumnae/i, Catholic Identity