Semrau Named MSU Vice President for Advancement
February 13, 2007
Marv Semrau has been named the new vice president for advancement at Minot State University. A Minot native, he has been the sales manager for Lowe's Printing for 19 years. Semrau will begin at MSU on March 5.
Semrau was a co-chairman of the successful $6 million capital campaign to build the Minot Family YMCA located in southwest Minot and is a steering committee member for the YMCA's new $3 million capital campaign. He is also presently involved in raising funds for the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame. Additional experience includes leadership roles in the $500,000 capital campaigns of First Lutheran Church and Triangle Y Camp.
"Mr. Semrau brings with him an impressive background in community service, philanthropy, and a genuine commitment to the people in our community and to Minot State University," said MSU President David Fuller. "Marv works so well with people and will be able to bring those abilities to MSU and to strengthen our relationships with our community members, alumni, and friends of the university."
Fuller said he is confident of Semrau's ability to serve as the senior leader for advancement and that he was impressed by the new vice president's understanding of the critical role the university plays in Minot and in the region.
"The Minot community is proud of its university, and I'm pleased to have this wonderful opportunity to build on that pride and strong tradition of support," said Semrau. "I look forward to working with President Fuller, faculty, staff, and friends of Minot State University to achieve the university's new vision and strategic direction."
Currently, Semrau is chairman of the Minot Planning Commission and is a previous chairman of the Minot Area Development Foundation. He is a board member of the Minot Family YMCA and the Minot Public Schools Foundation. Other community involvement includes being a member and past president of the Minot Kiwanis Club, the Minot Y's Men's Club, and the Minot Y's Men's Rodeo.
Prior to joining Lowe's Printing in 1988, he worked for Young America retail stores for 20 years. Semrau earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from North Dakota State University.
Dick Jenkins, vice president for student affairs, chaired the search. He was assisted by an advisory committee comprised of members of the MSU foundation, regents and alumni boards and representatives from the student, faculty and staff senates, advancement office, athletics and administration.