Professor, School of Architecture & Director, Minnesota Design Center, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Thomas Fisher, former Dean of the College of Design, is a Professor in the School of Architecture, the Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design, and the Director of the Minnesota Design Center at the University of Minnesota. Recognized in 2005 as the fifth most published writer about architecture in the United States, he has written 9 books, over 60 book chapters or introductions, and over 400 articles.
Executive Vice President and Provost, Bethel University-Minnesota
Deb Harless serves as the Executive Vice President and Provost at Bethel University. This is her twenty-ninth year at Bethel. She previously served as Bethel's Vice President and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and as a faculty member in the Psychology Department. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and French at Bethel, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a focus on counseling from the University of Minnesota.
Founder, Noonday Ventures
Ted Harro has facilitated strategic workshops for a wide variety of organizations over the past 25 years. His sessions are designed to engage participants in a structured and creative process that generates fresh insights and breakthrough outcomes. Over the past three years, Ted has been instrumental in guiding Bethel University’s strategic planning process and the implementation of the university’s initiative to build stronger pathways into the healthcare marketplace. Ted began his career at Wilson Learning Worldwide before founding Noonday Ventures in 2004.
Joseph D. LaLuzerne
Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Research, Bethel University-Minnesota
Joe LaLuzerne was named Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Operational Effectiveness at the University in 2008. Mr. LaLuzerne is a former associate partner at Accenture, where he worked for 14 years. Mr. LaLuzerne also served as vice president for alumni and parent services at Bethel from 2002-2006, and as senior director for corporate strategy at FICO from 2006-2008. Mr. LaLuzerne received a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bethel University, and is currently pursuing his M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Commissioner, Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Larry Pogemiller was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE)
by Governor Mark Dayton in November, 2011. Prior to becoming Commissioner, Pogemiller had a
distinguished career in the Minnesota State Senate, representing a Minneapolis District for 30 years.
His district included the land grant University of Minnesota's main campus and Augsburg College, a
private liberal arts college, as well as several for profit postsecondary providers.
Pogemiller served as Senate Majority Leader from 2007 to 2010, after having previously served as
chair of the Senate Tax and Senate Education Committees. He was honored by the University of
Minnesota Alumni Association as Legislator of the Year in 1996, 2001 and 2005.
Pogemiller graduated from the University of Minnesota with his Bachelor of Science in
Transportation Engineering, and earned his Masters of Public Administration from Harvard’s John F.
Kennedy School of Government. Pogemiller studied for his doctorate at the University of
Minnesota's Graduate School of Economics, but did not complete.
OHE is a cabinet level state agency that provides students with financial aid programs to help them
gain access to postsecondary education. The agency also serves as the state's clearinghouse for data,
research and analysis on postsecondary enrollment, financial aid, finance and policy trends. It
administers up to $150 million dollars in need-based grants to Minnesota residents attending eligible
institutions in Minnesota and manages the Minnesota student loan program (SELF).