Becky Roloff is the 11th President of St. Catherine University. A North Dakota native, Roloff is a 1976 graduate of St. Kate’s, chaired the University’s board (1991–1995) and has been an active alumna. She also earned an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School.
During a distinguished career in the private and nonprofit sectors, she has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, commitment to inclusion and ability to achieve financial stability through fundraising, while at the same time serving the community.
She has been recognized as a caring and results-oriented leader who works with people, not over them, to achieve success for the organization she is leading. She was featured on the cover of Business Week as one of the nation’s “Fast Track Kids” early in her career and has been profiled in numerous national and regional publications.
She came to St. Catherine from the YWCA of Minneapolis, where she served as President and Chief Executive Officer for 11 years and was responsible for leading the organization with a mission to eliminate racism, and empower women and girls. Under her leadership, the YWCA Minneapolis successfully completed a capital campaign, grew its revenue substantially and significantly increased the diversity of its board of directors.
Formerly, she was a senior vice president and a member of the senior leadership team at American Express Financial Advisors (now Ameriprise), held leadership positions at Pillsbury Company (both in Minneapolis) and was a grain merchant for Cargill in Texas. She has served on the boards of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., the Minneapolis Downtown Council Executive Committee and Allina Health.
Her leadership has been recognized with national and community accolades, including the New York City YWCA Academy of Women Achiever’s Award, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Leading With Spirit Award, the Twin Cities Business Outstanding Corporate Director Award and St. Catherine’s Outstanding Alumnae and Alexandrine Awards.
Active in the community, Becky currently serves as a trustee for the Charles and Ellora Ellis Educational Foundation and is a member of Women Corporate Directors. She also chaired the boards of The Blake School and The Children’s Theatre Company and is the recent past president of the International Women’s Forum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable.
She enjoys reading, needlepoint, playing the piano, cooking and travel. She published her first children’s book in 1996 and completed her eighth triathlon in 2016.
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