New interim executive director overseeing Inver Hills and DCTC foundations
In December 2017, the boards of directors for the Inver Hills Community College Foundation and Dakota County Technical College Foundation approved a new staffing model with one aligned executive director leading both foundations. The change was prompted by two Inver Hills Foundation retirements, Gail Morrison, executive director, retiring March 2018, and Leslie Krona, development associate, retiring January 2018.
Michelle Boe, JD, DCTC Foundation director, accepted the new position as interim executive director of the foundations at both colleges. Michelle begins her new role January 10, 2018.
“I am so excited to make this transition,” Michelle said, “and I look forward to working with both colleges to better the lives of our students.”
Each foundation will have a dedicated development director, a new role that focuses on college-specific needs. The development associate role will become a shared position between DCTC and Inver Hills. Chris Hinrichs, former customized training accounting officer and Inver Hills alumna, has accepted that role.
“Donors and industry partners have told us they would appreciate coordinated requests,” said Tim Wynes, JD, Inver Hills and DCTC president. “Employers want to interact with academic programs at each campus in a more simplified and efficient way. A number of our industry partners also stated they would give larger gifts if students from both schools would qualify for the scholarships they fund. The new staffing structure for our foundations not only helps streamline our operations, but is also reflective of what our communities want from our colleges.”
More about Michelle Boe…
Before starting in her role as executive director of the DCTC Foundation in 2016, Michelle Boe, 30, worked as an associate attorney at Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak, & Pikala, P.A., a law firm in Minneapolis. She came to the firm from the Fourth Judicial District Court in Hennepin County, having served as a law clerk for the Honorable Referee Mary Madden.
Michelle attended the William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) in St. Paul, earning her Juris Doctor (J.D.) in May 2013. She was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar Association in October that same year. In 2013, she received the Minnesota Justice Foundation Law School Service Award. She also mentored law students via the Mitchell Mentor program.
In 2010, Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota. She minored in Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature as well as Studies in Cinema & Media Culture, making the Dean’s List fall 2008 through spring 2010.
Originally from Woodbury, Minnesota, Michelle is a graduate of Woodbury High School, class of 2006. She resides in Woodbury with her husband, Kelly Boe, Inver Hills director of recreation and head coach of the DCTC Blue Knights basketball team.
“Kelly and I met after I went to one of the team’s home games at Inver Hills with other faculty and staff,” Michelle said. “Everyone went out for appetizers after the game, and Kelly stopped by, too—he almost didn’t show up! We got married on October 7, 2017, in Estes Park, Colorado.”
Three words that describe you as a person:
Ambitious. Outgoing. Insightful.
Michelle’s dad, Phil, lives in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and her mom, Deb, who was a teacher, lives in Estes Park. Michelle has a grandmother, Joyce, who lives in Anoka, Minnesota. Joyce came to the True Blue Gala 2017 at Brackett’s Crossing.
Michelle’s brother, Andy, serves in the U.S. Air Force. He is married and he and his wife have two boys. Andy is stationed in New York City, where he heads up the book publishing division of public affairs out of the USAF Times Square office.
“Between us, Kelly and I have fourteen nieces and nephews,” Michelle said. “We love spending time with them when we can.”
Michelle’s community service activities include serving on the Eagan Funfest Board of Directors, the Eagan Kick-Start Rotary and the Lakeville Chamber of Commerce Business & Education Committee. She’s also a volunteer investigator for the Fourth Judicial District Ethics Committee. When she’s not working and hanging out with friends and family, she enjoys traveling, attending sporting events and going to movies.
More about Kelly Boe…
Kelly Boe took over the role of head coach of the NJCAA Division II basketball program in 2016. Kelly coached the team to a District 7 championship that season and the Blue Knights advanced to the NJCAA DII Men’s Basketball National Tournament March 2017 in Danville, Illinois. That same year, he was named NJCAA DII District 7 and Region 13 2017 Coach of the Year.
In May 2017, Kelly accepted the position of recreation director at Inver Hills, giving him the opportunity to work for both colleges. He is also the owner and director of KMB Sports in Woodbury. His previous experience includes adjunct faculty and assistant basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls, head basketball coach at Concordia University, and assistant basketball coach at Minnesota State University Mankato.
Kelly has a Master of Science (M.S.) in Sport Management from St. Cloud State University and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education and Sports Administration from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He has served as director of camps for Pacesetter Sports since 1995.
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Michelle Boe Q & AWhat is your vision for the Inver Hills Foundation?
I look forward to continuing the legacy that Gail Morrison has created with the foundation at Inver Hills and contributing new ideas for ways in which the foundation can support students. I hope to increase the foundation’s success and overall visibility with new donors and community partners. Gail has helped me start that process by getting to know everyone on the Inver Hills campus, including scheduling a few coffee meetings with faculty and staff. It’s important to me to get to know people.
With the 50th anniversary for both Inver Hills and DCTC approaching in 2020, I believe we can also find ways to come together to leverage support for both colleges and make a huge impact for students.
How would you describe your new role as interim executive director of both college foundations?
My role will be to cultivate major gifts and grants for both colleges by managing relationships with stakeholders and donors. There are already quite a few joint donors who want coordinated requests, along with which may come opportunities to increase support by working together.
There are also donors that are exclusively interested in Inver Hills, and we will make sure they receive individualized attention based on their connection to the college. I will be getting to know those donors and hopefully increasing the ways in which they are involved. My expectation is that this model will allow me to be out meeting with donors and potential partners more and will allow growth in both colleges’ giving programs. I am excited to get started!
What is Inver Hills Community College’s greatest strength?
Inver Hills’ greatest strength is the college’s faculty. The depth of knowledge and experience of the faculty, as well as the individualized attention that they are able to provide students, makes the education provided at Inver invaluable. I took two transfer classes at a community college while I was at the University of Minnesota. It was a fantastic experience. I was able to get more personalized attention from faculty and a lower student-to-faculty ratio in the lab setting. Students that transfer from Inver Hills are well prepared to finish their degree because of the instruction provided to them by faculty.
How can people help support the college via the Inver Hills Foundation?
There are many ways to support the college via the Inver Hills Foundation! One is to make a gift—support a program or scholarship, make a pledge, create an endowed fund or attend Celebrate Inver. Another way to help is to introduce us to other partners who may be interested in contributing to the Inver Hills Foundation or who want to get connected to the college in some way. Lastly, I can’t stress enough that I am always interested in hearing your ideas—my door is always open!
What is your greatest accomplishment so far?
My greatest accomplishment has been graduating from law school. I had always dreamed of being an attorney. At a young age, I was interested in advocacy, and my family will tell you that I was always making an argument when I felt there was injustice or when I wanted to do something. Law school was a huge challenge—it changed my thought process and the way in which I approach problems. It was lots of fun too, but the bar exam was brutal!
What person has influenced you the most in life and why?
My father. He was a two-year college president and a true believer that everyone deserves access to education. He spent his career in public service and made a significant difference in the lives of many students from a myriad of different backgrounds and circumstances. He was a compassionate leader who gained respect by doing the right thing for students, even when it was hard. He was also able to build relationships with stakeholders around the mission of the college, and leverage those partnerships to benefit students and the community. I learned a great deal from watching him in his role, and it certainly influenced the type of work I ultimately wanted to do in my own career.
Michelle Boe | 18 Answers
- Favorite season: Fall
- Favorite natural feature (e.g., waterfalls, oceans, mountains, etc.): Ocean
- Favorite sport to watch: Basketball
- Place you would most like to visit: Ireland
- Favorite holiday: Christmas
- Favorite actor or actress: Julia Roberts
- Favorite band or performing artist: James Taylor
- Your personal motto if you had to have one: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” — Abraham Lincoln
- Best thing in the world: Family
- Something that scares you: Lately—the nightly news
- Favorite all-time TV show: 30 Rock
- Favorite all-time movie: The Pelican Brief
- One thing you most want to accomplish in life: Continuing to have a fulfilling career and family life—in short, BALANCE!
- Last picture taken on your phone: My husband, Kelly, and me in front of the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign over the holiday
- Dream Occupation: Co-host on The Today Show
- Person you would most like to meet: Michelle Obama
- Skill you would most like to learn, improve or master: My golf game
- Humankind’s greatest challenge: Understanding and embracing our differences