Building on Our Success

This is a time of great enthusiasm and optimism for the BSU Alumni & Foundation and Bemidji State University as a whole.

It is also a time of change and transition, which are inevitable aspects of our ongoing progress.

We are fortunate to have such an experienced and focused new president in Dr. Faith Hensrud. She has demonstrated her absolute commitment to students and their educational experience, and she is eager to establish and pursue strategic goals that build on the university’s strengths and traditions.

One of our emerging strengths is a culture of philanthropy that grew out of the successful Imagine Tomorrow campaign. This five-year effort, made possible by the incredible generosity of our alumni and friends, has established a new financial baseline for the university. We are counting on your continued engagement as we seek to maintain that support and explore prospects for a future campaign. The Alumni & Foundation’s investments have benefited from rebounding markets, already making up a slight dip in value we experienced at the close of last fiscal year. The strong long-term performance of our assets and endowment will ensure we can contribute to a bright future for the university and its students, particularly through scholarships.

This past year has brought leadership changes on the Alumni & Foundation Board but no loss in the talent and dedication for which we remain so grateful. Likewise, several new hires within our staff have brought new experience and creative thinking. As I continue to settle into my new role, I value the legacy of my predecessor, Rob Bollinger, and the confidence shown me and my team by President Hensrud and the board.

Together, we will continue to help transform the lives of BSU students.


Marla Patrias

Executive Director for University Advancement