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Denny Schulstad

Denny Schulstad

UMAA names national volunteer president

From eNews, Sept. 14, 2006

Denny Schulstad, retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general, former Minneapolis City Council member and well-known community leader, has been elected national volunteer president of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) for 2006-07. Schulstad has served as an officer and provided volunteer leadership to the association's membership and marketing programs since 1999.

As UMAA president, Schulstad will help lead the 57,000-member association in its role as an advocate for the University's vision: to become one of the top three public research universities in the world.

"We are very fortunate to have Denny as our volunteer president at such a crucial time in the history of the university and the alumni association," says Margaret Sughrue Carlson, UMAA chief executive officer. "His experience as a community leader and his dedication to the university have made him an excellent advocate, and we're looking forward to an even more focused approach as he performs his new leadership role."

A strong advocate for the University, Schulstad testified in favor of a new on-campus football stadium and lobbied for the U's 2006-07 bonding bill.

"I see my role as UMAA president as informing the public, business leaders and the legislature about what it means to be a top three public research university and then working with them to make it happen," he says. "The University is the economic engine for the state, and we want people to support it."

Schulstad is a 1966 University of Minnesota graduate who spent 22 years as a member of the Minneapolis City Council. He has been commodore and president of the Minneapolis Aquatennial and still serves on numerous boards and commissions. As chair of the Minnesota Employers Support for the Guard, Schulstad has been working with the employers of young men and women in the Minnesota National Guard and Reserve to be sure they comply with laws protecting jobs for those who are deployed, and to go above and beyond the requirements of federal and state law. He also is a cofounder of the Minnesotans' Military Appreciation Fund, and, as a board member of the Minnesota Military Family Foundation, he helps raise funds to assist families having financial difficulties due to military service.

"The University is the source of information and education for our state," says Schulstad. "We are driven to discover new ways to benefit the state and the world. As national president of the alumni association, I'll be helping to lead the way."

Schulstad and his wife Pam are strong financial supporters of the U's Intercollegiate Athletics, U of M Landscape Arboretum, Raptor Center and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC). They fund two scholarships: One is an endowed scholarship for athletics and ROTC, and the other is an annual $1,000 stipend for one or two public school graduates who enter AFROTC.

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association is an independent organization dedicated to connecting alumni, students and friends in lifelong support of the University of Minnesota and each other. To learn more, visit UMAA or call 612-624-2323.