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Ellen Preska Steck Named Foundation President

Alumna, business executive was recently elected to two-year term as president of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 7-24-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato Vice President for University Advancement Kent Clark announced that business executive Ellen Preska Steck (pictured) was recently elected to a two-year term as president of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation and began her term as Foundation president on July 1.

Steck spent more than 15 years as an executive working for a Swedish industrial company, Atlas Copco. For the past four years, Steck was based in Rock Hill, S.C., as president of Atlas Copco’s Chicago Pneumatic and Pneumatech North American companies, global providers of high-performance industrial and engineered compressed air solutions serving businesses worldwide.

Previously, Steck served for 11 years as an Atlas Copco vice president, leading communication and branding efforts along with e-business and marketing strategies globally while working from Arizona and then as an expatriate in Belgium.

Prior to her work with Atlas Copco, Steck worked for Hickory Tech companies and also for Taylor Corporation in the Mankato area.

“We are delighted to have someone of Ellen’s background, experience, and passion for Minnesota State Mankato serving in this important role,” said Clark. “Philanthropy is more important than ever before to our University’s success—and an effective Foundation will help us achieve our goals.”

Steck said she looked forward to serving as Foundation president.

“It’s an honor to work with fellow Foundation board members, administrators, faculty, staff and students, to build on the Foundation momentum that is already established,” said Steck. “And the gratitude we have for all Minnesota State Mankato friends and donors has never been stronger.”

Steck holds an MBA degree from Minnesota State Mankato, where she previously instructed marketing courses as an adjunct faculty member. Steck is the daughter of former Minnesota State Mankato president Margaret Preska. She is also the proud mother of Margaret Steck, a 2011 Minnesota State Mankato graduate who is active duty in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Seoul, South Korea.

The Minnesota State Mankato Foundation was established in 1958 as a private, 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization dedicated to securing private gifts and grants that benefit Minnesota State Mankato. Each year, thousands of generous benefactors make gifts to help students, faculty and programs at the University.

In addition to Steck being elected Foundation president, Bob Makela was re-elected Foundation treasurer, and Paul Hanson was re-elected Foundation secretary.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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