Posted: June 17, 1999

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Following a national search, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees today hired Robert McFarlin to be executive director/board secretary for the Board of Trustees. He begins his new duties on Aug. 2.

McFarlin, 41, has been director of public affairs and chief of staff for the State of Minnesota Department of Transportation since 1992. Previously he worked for the Tunheim Santrizos Company in Minneapolis, served as associate director for public and government affairs for the Minnesota Petroleum Council in St. Paul and was the broadcast media information coordinator for the House Majority Caucus of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

"We are pleased to welcome Mr. McFarlin to this new position," said Michael Vekich, chair of the MnSCU Board of Trustees. "His experience and background in administration, communication and government affairs qualifies him very well for this position."

McFarlin has a master's degree in speech communication and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota.