Committees

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is empowered to act on behalf of the Board of Directors when called upon to do so between meetings of the Board in all matters except as defined in A.R.S 10-3825 (attached to these bylaws). 

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The Executive Committee shall cause an annual review of the bylaws to be completed and if necessary bring recommended changes to the full Board. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for appointing members to standing committees and subcommittees. The Executive Committee may also appoint honorary, non-voting Directors to committees to provide professional advice and counsel.

Members

Hank Peck, chair; special projects committee chair

DeeAnn Palin, vice chair

Karen Steinbronn, treasurer; finance committee chair

Jeffrey Willis, secretary

Harry Hengl, past chair

Marc C. Miller, chair, audit committee

Ernest Calderón, Esq., chair, committee on directors

Robert Casselman, chair, development committee

Scott Free, chair, gift acceptance committee

John Lucking, chair, investment committee

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee functions independently and shall cause an annual external financial audit to be conducted including selecting and overseeing the auditing company, reviewing the audit, and presenting the audit to the full Board for acceptance. 

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The Committee shall establish a conflict of interest policy and a regular and rigorous means of enforcing such policy. The Committee shall develop and recommend strategies, policies, and practices for the role of the auditor, certification and disclosure of financial statements, whistle blower protection, and document destruction. The Committee shall also provide financial literacy training to all Board members. Board members on the audit committee should be free from conflicts of interest and should not receive any compensation for their service on the committee. The Committee shall include at least one member with financial expertise.

Members

Marc C. Miller, chair

Barbara McCloud, vice chair

Jeffre Beatty

Barbara McCloud

Anthony Plese

Jeff Willis

Committee of Directors

This committee is charged with determining the most effective composition of the Board.

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It shall develop practices and recommend strategies and policies that attract, orient, train, organize, motivate, and assess the performance of Directors. The Committee shall maintain guidelines for the nomination, election, and re-election of Directors.

Members

Ernest Calderón, Esq., chair

P. Jewel Nackard, vice chair

David Mosow

Colleen Ragland

Timothy Snider

T. Paul Thomas

Jeffrey L. Willis

Development Committee

This committee oversees the Board’s activities related to fund raising and donor relations, and serves to educate the full Board in the art of fund raising.

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It solicits directors and motivates them to initiate, accept, and carry out development assignments while holding them accountable for the assignments they take. It serves to liaise with the university in setting fund raising priorities and policies and helps staff understand Board needs and interests (for training, screening lists, etc.). The development committee monitors progress toward the goals of the development program. It matches Board members to specific colleges or other units of interest to foster relationships among Board members, deans, and development officers and encourages Board members to attend receptions and other NAU events. It also facilitates relationship-building among donors, alumni, and staff.

Members

Robert Casselman, chair

James C. Sherman, vice chair

Lisa Bacus

Scott Coor

Roy Morey

Hank Peck

Colleen Ragland

Timothy Snider

Lynn Valbuena

Finance Committee

Chaired by the Treasurer, this Committee reviews the operating budget and financial statements submitted by staff and makes recommendations for approval to the Board of Directors. 

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This Committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding proposals submitted to the Foundation by the University President for expenditures of unrestricted funds in keeping with the priority of needs of the university. The Committee tracks the property assets of the Foundation, makes recommendations to the full Board regarding the potential sale or transfer of such assets, and causes appraisals of such assets to be completed from time to time.

Members

Karen Steinbronn, treasurer and chair

David P. Falck, vice chair

Christopher Bavasi

Jeffre Beatty

Steve M. Jackson

David Mosow

DeeAnn Palin

Hank Peck

Larry West

Gift Acceptance Committee

This Committee shall maintain gift acceptance guidelines for the Foundation that are approved by the full Board and shall coordinate such guidelines with the gift guidelines and policies of Northern Arizona University. 

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The Committee shall also make recommendations to the Board regarding the acceptance of gifts that require Board approval such as non-liquid gifts of real estate, art, other personal property or gifts with unusual donor restrictions or requests.

Members

Scott Free, chair

Jeffre Beatty, vice chair

Investment Committee

This committee shall maintain an investment policy that is approved by the Board and under that policy, shall have the authority to direct the investments of the Foundation and to direct the sale or exchange of such investments under such conditions as may be determined by the Board of Directors as previously communicated to the members of the Investment Committee by way of a resolution adopted by the Board of Directors. 

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Members

John Lucking, chair

, vice chair

Mike Beatty

Jeanette Garretty

Colleen Ragland

Timothy Snider

Art Carlson, non-voting

Wes McCalley, non-voting

Keith Wibel, non-voting

Special Projects Committee

This committee will research and advise the Board on special projects and opportunities that may benefit Northern Arizona University and the Foundation. This committee will also act as liaison to any subsidiaries of the Foundation.

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Members

Hank Peck, chair

Marc C. Miller, vice chair

Jeffre Beatty

Mike Beatty

Steve M. Jackson