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Office of the President

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees serves as the highest governing body of North Park University. The Board is comprised of 30-35 members. 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

Kristine Strand

Board Chairman
Research Professor
Boston University
Boston, MA

Efrem Smith

Board Vice Chairman
Co-lead Pastor
Bayside Church Midtown
Brentwood, CA

Beth Fredrickson

Board Secretary
Executive Director
Harbor Point Ministries
Wauwatosa, WI

Lorrie DuPont

Board Treasurer
Managing Director
Higher Education Finance Group
RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Carl Balsam

Interim President, North Park University
Chicago, IL

Peggy Bley

Peggy Ann Bley, CPA

Jon Bonkoski

Senior Advisor
Cresa Minneapolis, Arden Hills, MN

Howard Burgoyne

Superintendent – East Coast Conference
Conference Cromwell, CT

Jay Carstenbrock

VP of Operations Support
Wheaton, IL

Marvin Curtis

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

Kanyere Eaton

Senior Pastor
Fellowship Covenant Church
Mt. Vernon, NY

Kathryn Edin

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD 

Rebekah Eklund

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

D. Darrell Griffin

Oakdale Covenant Church
Chicago, IL

Keith Hamilton

Alaska Christian College
Soldotna, AK

David Helwig

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

Mark Lindberg

Young Corp.
Bellevue, WA

Karen Meyer

Vice President, Sales and Partnerships
Welltok, Inc
Denver, CO

Mary Miller

Covenant Village of Cromwell
Middleton, CT

Nora Moreno-Cargie

Tufts Health Plan Foundation
Boston, MA

Melissa Morriss-Olson

Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
Bay Path University
West Hartford, CT

Aaron Olson

Global Head of Human Resources
Aon Corporation
Chicago, IL

David Otfinoski

Catamount Medical Education
Chester, CT

LoAnn Peterson

Professor Emerita of Pathology
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Winnetka, IL

Christine Rosell

Homemaker and Community Volunteer
Lincolnwood, IL

Megan Tamte

Co-Founder & CEO
Edina, MN

Thomas Trautman

Fellow, Toxicology and Regulatory Affairs
General Mills
Plymouth, MN

Gary Walter

Evangelical Covenant Church
Palatine, IL

William Werner

Retired Physician
Advocate IL Masonic Medical Center
Skokie, IL

David Youngberg

Tropicana and Naked Emerging Brands, PepsiCo
Chicago, IL

Owen Youngman

Medill School of Journalism
Northwestern University
Deerfield, IL

Virgil Applequist

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

Erin Oleniczak

Occupational Therapist
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
Lincolnwood, IL