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Alumnus David McMillan (’87) Elected to Board of Regents

MARCH 21, 2011—On Feb. 21, 2011, the Minnesota State Legislature appointed four new members to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. Among the distinguished candidates elected to serve a six-year term is David McMillan, a 1987 graduate of the Law School. He represents Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District, which includes Duluth.

McMillan is Senior Vice President of Marketing, Regulatory and Public Affairs at ALLETE, a Duluth-based energy company, and Executive Vice President of its subsidiary Minnesota Power. He began his career as an attorney with ALLETE in 1989.

McMillan has been an active member of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, chairing its board of directors in 2009-10. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1983.

“I congratulate David McMillan on his new role as the University of Minnesota regent representing the Eighth Congressional District,” says Kerry Gauthier, a Minnesota House Representative from District 7B. “Regent McMillan has an awesome responsibility to the citizens of the state in overseeing and steering Minnesota’s land grant university.”

In an interview with the University of Minnesota Duluth Statesman, McMillan said he was “deeply honored and very humbled” by the appointment. One of his top priorities as a regent is to address tuition costs, he added.

McMillan serves on the Board of Regents’ Litigation Review Committee, the Facilities Committee, and the Faculty, Staff and Student Affairs Committee. The standing committees review reports on issues affecting the University and its units, make policy recommendations, and act on consent reports.

Alumna Venora Hung (’09), a global strategy analyst for Cargill Inc., also serves on the board, representing the Fifth Congressional District. Her term expires in 2013.

The Board of Regents serves, without pay, as the governing body for the University. It consists of one representative from each of the state’s eight congressional districts and four at-large members. Every odd-numbered year, the Minnesota Legislature elects four regents. For more information, go to http://www1.umn.edu/regents.


David McMillan

David McMillan (’87)