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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees serves as the highest governing body of North Park University. A portion of the membership is elected by the Evangelical Covenant Church with the remaining members appointed by the Board itself. All members serve a five-year term with a mandatory one-year leave between consecutive terms.


The work of the Board is organized according to several committees:

  • Academic Committee
  • University Advancement Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Seminary Committee
  • Committee of Student Recruitment and Retention
  • Committee on Trustees

Meeting Schedule

The Board of Trustees traditionally meets three times during the academic year; in late October, February, and mid-May.

Board Meeting Documents

Current Members of the Board of Trustees

Owen Youngman

Board Chair
Medill School of Journalism
Northwestern University
Deerfield, IL

Jay Carstenbrock

Board Vice Chair
VP of Operations Support
Wheaton, IL

Beth Fredrickson

Board Secretary
Executive Director
Harbor Point Ministries
Wauwatosa, WI

David Youngberg

Board Treasurer
Tropicana and Naked Emerging Brands, PepsiCo
Chicago, IL

Mary Surridge

President, North Park University
Chicago, IL

Peggy Bley

Peggy Ann Bley, CPA

Virgil Applequist

Retired Executive Vice President and CEO
American Agricultural Ins. Co.,
Palatine, IL

Jon Bonkoski

Senior Advisor
Cresa Minneapolis, Arden Hills, MN

Howard Burgoyne

Superintendent – East Coast Conference
Conference Cromwell, CT

Gregory Crawford

Senior Vice President
American Westbrook Insurance Services
Lisle, IL

Marvin Curtis

Raclin School of the Arts
Indiana University – South Bend
South Bend, IN

Gail Dahlstrom

Senior Health Care Consultant
HDR Inc.
Chicago, IL

Kathryn Edin

Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs
Princeton University
Baltimore, MD

Rebekah Eklund

Assistant Professor of Theology
Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

Keith Hamilton

Alaska Christian College
Soldotna, AK

David Helwig

Proprietor, Helwig Winery
Retired President & CEO
West Region WellPoint, Inc.
Plymouth, CA

Karen Meyer

Vice President, Business Development
Denver, CO

Mary Miller

Covenant Village of Cromwell
Middleton, CT

Peter C. Nelson

Dean – College of Engineering
Wilmette, IL

Erin Oleniczak

Occupational Therapist
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
Lincolnwood, IL

Aaron Olson

Global Head of Human Resources
Aon Corporation
Chicago, IL

David Otfinoski

Catamount Medical Education
Chester, CT

Christine Rosell

Homemaker and Community Volunteer
Lincolnwood, IL

Thomas Trautman

Fellow, Toxicology and Regulatory Affairs
General Mills
Plymouth, MN

John Wenrich

Evangelical Covenant Church
Hoffman Estates, IL