Meeting held at Uptown Lund’s Community Room
Present: President Peter Albrecht, Treasurer Sandi Pidel, Secretary Mary DuShane; Marilyn Bergum, Ken Bloch, Gary Germond, Alan Jesperson, Greg Landkamer, Phil Nusbaum, Quillan Roe; Administrative Assistant Bea Flaming; Incoming 2016 board member Ann Iijima, Interim Magazine Editor Doug Lohman. Absent: Vice President Jana Metge, board member Sarah Cagley.
Meeting called to order 6:00 by President Peter Albrecht.
Ken Bloch, Chair of the Executive Director Search Committee (EDSC), explains that this meeting is called to consider the directive agreed upon by the search committee that the board contract Mr. Arne Brogger as our new Executive Director. The EDSC officially consists of eight board members: Chair Ken Bloch plus Peter Albrecht, Sarah Cagley, Mary DuShane, Greg Landkamer, Jana Metge, Phil Nusbaum and Quillan Roe.
However, Sarah was unable to attend any committee meetings or candidate interviews, and Jana recused herself from the selection process, so the actual working committee effectively consisted of six board members.
Ken explained the EDSC’s process: Ken prepared a list of 15 questions to be asked of all candidates, initially proposed by Jana as recommended for non-profit organizations, and posted the position for two months in our Minnesota Bluegrass magazine and in the online job board of the Minnesota Council on Non-Profits. The committee received 13 resumes and/or letters from candidates for the position by the cutoff date of December 7. At the first committee meeting, the committee discussed the resumes and put some aside as not matching up with our priorities and requirements. Some committee members listed fundraising history, grant writing, promotional background as top priorities; others spoke of collaborative personality traits and love of music as being highly important. The committee chose five candidates to interview. Ken set up interviews, and the five were interviewed at a neutral community room location on December 16 and 18. Interviews ranged from one hour to an hour and a half. Committee members took personal notes about each question asked; these documents have been secured by Ken. After the final interview on December 18, the committee discussed all candidates thoroughly and came to the unanimous decision that, pending board approval, the EDSC wishes to offer the contract position to Mr. Arne Brogger, who will be available to start work with MBOTMA on January 15, 2016. The committee named a number two candidate as well, Ms. Alyssa Obler.
Extensive discussion ensued. Alan, Ann, Marilyn, Sandi and Gary all variously asked if the board can check references, vet this person’s background? Members of the committee explained that candidates’ personality in the interviews had much to do with the EDSC’s decision, not simply what is on paper about the person. However, those not on the committee mentioned the ideas of a criminal background check and a thorough internet search regarding Mr. Brogger and Ms. Obler. Ken will ask both Arne and Alyssa for references we can call. Ken and Peter will be in charge of checking these. We assume this means that the final vote on our new Executive Director cannot occur until the next board meeting, January 5, 2016.
Peter presents and summarizes a contract presented by Jed Malischke, our outgoing Executive Director, for the month of January, 2016, to aid in transition to the new Director. Alan moves, Marilyn seconds, all approve this contract.
We have a contract for the Executive Director position. Should we have an attorney review it? Ann, a retired attorney, and Peter, whose attorney license is active, will ask friends for a possible reviewal.
Meeting adjourned at 8:05.
Submitted by Mary DuShane, Board Secretary