Metropolitan State University has named two new members to the Metropolitan State Foundation Board of Trustees.
Gary L. Cunningham, Minneapolis, president and CEO, Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA), and Christine M. Boese, Vadnais Heights, vice president of patient care services/chief nursing officer at Regions Hospital, were elected to service three-year terms.
Cunningham joined MEDA in 2014. MEDA works to break down barriers to wealth and self-sufficiency for entrepreneurs of color. Prior to joining MEDA, Cunningham served in leadership positions at several community, government and education organizations including Northwest Area Foundation, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Hennepin County, Scott County, Minneapolis Public Schools, and University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Cunningham was selected as the 2014 Alumnus of the Year at Metropolitan State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts before obtaining his master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
“I strongly support the mission of the Metropolitan State University Foundation–quality, accessible higher education for all leads to a stronger economy and brighter futures,” Cunningham says. “What an honor and a privilege it is to join the board of trustees to partner in making a difference in the lives of a diverse student body.”
Since 2007, Christine M. Boese has been in her current role at Region’s Hospital, where she is responsible for patient care and nursing operations. She provides leadership and oversight for all nursing functions and other patient care areas. Boese started at Regions as a registered nurse in 1988 and served in several leadership positions during her career there before being named vice president of patient care services/chief nursing officer.
Boese holds an associate degree in nursing from Minneapolis Community College, and from the University of Minnesota, a bachelor’s in psychology and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration.
“I work at a Saint Paul hospital that benefits from an employee pool that has had the excellent training and preparation that Metropolitan State University provides to students,” Boese shares. “I also appreciate that Metro State values and actively seeks to serve a diverse student population that ultimately improves and enriches our community.”