National Advisory Boards

Sesquicentennial PlazaNational Advisory Boards assist College programs and departments in visioning and long-range facilitation of initiatives.  National Advisory Boards recommend ways to establish and meet institutional and departmental goals as a result of the members’ advice, advocacy, expertise, goodwill, and financial support.

National Advisory Board and Crown Council Framework

  • National Advisory Boards were established in 2011 to facilitate an external perspective for College departments and programs.
  • Each Advisory Board is facilitated by a College administrator or faculty member. The Advisory Board chair serves as a volunteer and a member of the Crown Council.
  • The Crown Council is an advisory group to the President and is chaired by a member of the Board of Trustees

National Advisory Board Statement of Purpose

  • Provide ideas and advise in developing recommendations on how to meet the needs of the respective program or department as outlined by the faculty or department staff.
  • Serve as interpreters and advocates for the College by assisting in the articulation, dissemination, and achievement of institutional and department goals.
  • Enlist leadership and support of alumni, parents, and friends for the specific program or department.
  • Provide support for student recruitment, alumni/development efforts, and internship and career development initiatives of the College as needed.

National Advisory Boards

Athletics Department
2012 Report
2013 Report
2014 Report 
2015 Report 
2016 Report
2017 Report

Center for Servant Leadership (no longer active)
2013 Report
2014 Report 
2015 Report

Economics and Management Department
2013 Report
2014 Report  
2015 Report 
2016 Report
2017 Report

Friends of Music

2012 Report
2013 Report
2014 Report 
2015 Report 
2016 Report
2017 Report

Gustavus Library Associates (GLA)
2012 Report
2013 Report
2014 Report  
2015 Report 
2016 Report
2017 Report

Gustavus Women in Leadership
2016 Report
2017 Report

Linnaeus Arboretum
2013 Report
2014 Report
2014 Objectives Update 
2015 Report 
2016 Report
2017 Report

Nursing Department
2015 Report 
2016 Report
2017 Report

Scandinavia

2012 Report
2013 Report
2014 Report 
2015 Report 
2016 Report
2017 Report

Tennis and Life Camps

2012 Report
2013 Report
2014 Report 
2015 Report 
2016 Report
2017 Report

Wellbeing (no longer active)
2013 Report
2014 Report
2015 Report

“Becky is a proven leader as demonstrated not only by her successful 26 years at Medtronic, but also by her seven years of service on the College’s Board of Trustees,” said Warren Beck, Trustee and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “Her leadership skills, ability to collaborate and effectively communicate, and knowledge of the College’s strengths and challenges make her uniquely qualified to lead Gustavus at this pivotal time in the College’s history. I couldn’t be more pleased that she will be our next president.”

Bergman earned her B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and undertook graduate study in a Ph.D. program in chemical engineering and material science at the University of Minnesota. Bergman has received a number of Medtronic’s highest technical and leadership awards during her tenure with the company. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2001, and elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Sigma-Aldrich, on the Board of Directors of The Bakken Museum, and on a number of academic advisory boards. She previously served on the National Advisory Council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institute of Health and the St. Catherine University Board of Trustees.

“Gustavus Adolphus College is a special place. It has been an extraordinary experience for me to have the privilege to be a member of the Gustavus Board of Trustees and to get to know the campus, the people, and the culture of the institution,” Bergman said. “I have prized the opportunity to work with an institution so strongly committed to education and discovery. I look forward to participating in the next phase of the Gustavus story in whatever ways can best foster the future success of the College.”

Bergman is married to Thomas A. Bergman, M.D., Chief of Neurosurgery at Hennepin County Medical Center, a Senior Partner with Neurosurgical Associates, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Neurosurgery. The couple has four children including Matthew ’07, Andrew, Laura, and John.

Name Title Phone
Rebecca Bergman President 507-933-7538
Jolene Christensen Assistant to the President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees 507-933-7538
Jean Noren Administrative Assistant 507-933-7538