About the University Council

The University Council, formed in 2016 after a multi-year exploration of shared governance practices at Augsburg, leads Augsburg’s internal deliberation of university-wide decisions, taking up—as advisory to the President—institutional considerations beyond the scope of faculty governance or any particular administrative unit.

The Council is chaired by the President and includes 15 additional leaders, elected or appointed, representing the faculty, staff, students and administration of Augsburg. The Council meets monthly and in retreat each summer and welcomes ideas, proposals, and recommendations submitted for consideration directly to UC, or—when appropriate—through one of UC’s standing subcommittees (see menu).

Contact: Leif Anderson, staff to the University Council, andersol@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1497

Documents/Resources (Augsburg login required):

9/18/2017 Agenda  |  9/18/2017 Summary  |  10/16/2017 Agenda |  10/16/2017 Summary |  11/20/2017 Agenda  |   11/20/2017 Summary  |  12/18/2017 Agenda  |  12/18/2017 Summary  |  1/22/2018 Agenda  |  1/22/2018 Summary  |  2/19/2018 Agenda  |  2/19/2018 Summary  | 3/19/2018 Agenda  |  3/19/2018 Summary  |  4/16/2018 Agenda  | 4/16/2018 Summary  | 5/24/2018 Agenda | 5/24/2018 Summary | 8/30/2018 Agenda  |  9/24/2018 Agenda | 9/24/2018 Summary | 10/29/2018 Agenda  | Summary 10/29/2018  | 11/19/2018 Agenda | 11/19/2018 Summary | 12/17/2018 Agenda | 12/17/2018 Summary | 1/28/2019 Agenda | 1/28/2019 Summary |  2/25/2019 Agenda | 2/25/2019 Summary | 3/25/2019 Agenda | 3/25/2019 Summary | 4/22/2019 Agenda | 4/22/2019 Summary | 5/20/2019 Agenda | 5/20/2019 Summary9/23/2019 Agenda | 9/23/2019 Summary | 10/21/2019 Agenda | 10/21/2019 Summary11/18/2019 Agenda |

The University Council:

  • Paul Pribbenow (Chair), President, ex-officio to UC
  • Leif Anderson, Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Staff to University Council
  • Catherine Bishop, Chief Student Success Officer, appointed by the President for 2019-20
  • Olivia Brammer, Student representative, elected by student government for 2019-20
  • Monica Devers, Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, appointed by the President for 2019-20
  • Bob Groven, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, elected by the faculty in 2016-17
  • Berlynn Bitengo, Student representative, elected by student government for 2019-20
  • Sonja Hagander, Vice President for Mission, appointed by the President for 2019-20
  • Milda Hedblom, Faculty President and Professor of Political Science, ex-officio to UC
  • Rebecca John, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, ex-officio to UC
  • Karen Kaivola, Provost & Chief Academic Officer, ex-officio to UC
  • Bibiana Koh, Associate Professor, Social Work, elected the faculty in 2018
  • Marc McIntosh, Associate Professor, Business Administration, elected by the faculty in 2019-20
  • Joanne Reeck, Chief Inclusion Officer, appointed by the President for 2019-20
  • Leah Spinosa de Vega, Director of Global Initiatives & Off-Campus Study, elected by the staff in 2019-20 to a two-year term
  • Jeff Swenson, Athletic Director, appointed by Staff Senate in 2016-17 to a four-year term