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Rick Hedberg
Vice President for Advancement/Executive Director MSU Development Foundation 

Rick Hedberg became the vice president for advancement at Minot State University in June 2016. In this role, Hedberg serves as the executive director for the MSU Development Foundation and is responsible for alumni services, annual giving, donor relations, the Minot State Board of Regents, major gifts, social networking, design and print services, university communications, and is the lead fundraiser for the University.

During his time as vice president for advancement, Minot State has enjoyed record levels of giving, including raising $11.163 million in 2020, a high mark for the Development Foundation. In his first five years as head of the department, Minot State has eclipsed $3 million in total funds raised each year. Minot State’s endowed scholarships and programs grew to a record 392 in 2020, and faculty and staff giving is at all all-time high. The MSU Development Foundation’s total assets have nearly doubled to $49.472 million since 2015.

Hedberg has been actively involved in major Minot State facility renovations and projects including the Northwest Arts Center in the lower level of the Gordon B. Olson Library, the Dean Frantsvog Academic Center in the Minot State Dome, the air supported dome at Herb Parker Stadium, and the MSU Dome seating project. Hedberg also oversaw the purchase of Beaver Ridge, a multi-use residential-commercial building near campus, and is currently involved in the first phase of construction of renovations to MSU Summer Theatre.

The University also began a comprehensive, multi-year $40 million capital campaign on July 1, 2019.

Prior to his current role, Hedberg managed the department of athletics, including the University’s move from NAIA status to NCAA Division II. He also spearheaded major renovations to Herb Parker Stadium and Swain Hall. Hedberg, who played men’s basketball for the Beavers, is a member of the MSU Hall of Fame, being inducted in 1997.

Hedberg graduated from Parshall High School in 1984. He graduated from Minot State in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in physical education and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota in 1998. Hedberg spent seven years as a math teacher and boys basketball coach at Williston High School. He then became an assistant athletic director at UND from 1999 to 2001, prior to being hired as Minot State University’s athletic director in June 2001.

Hedberg and his wife, Andrea (Limke), have two children, Mason and Maddie. Andrea is a 1992 MSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, while Mason is a redshirt freshman on the Minot State men’s basketball team. Hedberg is a member of the Bishop Ryan Catholic Schools Board of Regents. He served as a City of Minot alderman, and is a member of a member of the Minot Sertoma Club, Minot Y’s Men’s Club, and St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. 

Jeremy Feller
Development Officer

Jeremy joined the MSU Foundation team in July of 2017 as a development officer. As a development officer, Jeremy is responsible for maintaining and solidifying relationships with University partners, donors, and friends. He graduated from Surrey High School and Minot State University in 2007. He played basketball for the Beavers from 2002-2006. Jeremy and his wife, Jade (Grigsby) 04’, live in Minot with their three daughters.

Abbie Eads
Development Officer/Data Analyst

Abbie (Naze) Eads joined the MSU Development Foundation team in July of 2022 as development officer and data analyst. She is responsible for maintaining and solidifying relationships with University partners, donors, and friends, as well as tracking and reporting from the Foundation's database. A Minot native and Minot State alumna, Abbie ’15 received her bachelor's degree in music from MSU before earning her master's degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Washington in Seattle. She resides in Minot with her husband, Emerson Eads, director of choral activities at Minot State.

Pat Slotsve
Development Officer/Data Analyst

Pat Slotsve, a 1991 graduate, joined the Foundation as a development officer Aug. 1, 2023. Slotsve, originally from Velva, has been a life-long educator working for the past 32 years in public education, including the past 23 years in the Minot Public School system. He spent 28 years as an elementary principal, retiring as principal of Lewis and Clark Elementary in 2023. His ties to Minot State and the education system extend throughout his family as his wife, Elizabeth, is a 1996 MSU grad and special education teacher at Minot Public Schools. Middle son Charlie is a junior at Minot State and daughter Ellie is a freshman at MSU. Slotsve’s oldest son, Max, works at Central Trenching. Along with his undergraduate degree in elementary education at MSU, Slotsve earned a master’s degree in education leadership from the University of North Dakota.

Courtenay Brekhus
Director of Alumni Engagement

Courtenay (Burckhard) Brekhus, a native of Burlington, North Dakota, graduated from Minot State in 2012 with degrees in athletic training and corporate fitness. Brekhus earned her Master of Science in kinesiology in 2018. After serving students and planning events for nearly 11 years at the MSU Wellness Center, Courtenay looks forward to connecting with and offering vibrant experiences to Minot State alumni and friends and the Minot community. Courtenay resides in Minot with her husband, Dakota, and their three daughters.

Kate Marshall
Donor Relations Coordinator

Kate joined the MSU Development Foundation in 2007. In her donor relations role, she communicates with alumni and friends on the impact of their gifts, coordinates donor recognition events, manages annual and endowed scholarships, and works with database and financial tracking.

Kate (Neuhalfen) is from Granville and is a 2007 MSU graduate with a management and marketing degree. Kate resides in Minot with her husband, Daniel, and three children.

Renae Yale
Database Manager

Renae joined the MSU Development Foundation in 2011. She has held various positions at MSU over the past three decades. In her current position, she assists the Foundation team by managing the alumni and friends database, overseeing financial tracking and reporting, and supervising student employees.

Renae (Larson) is a Des Lacs native and a 2010 graduate of Minot State. Red and Green runs deep in her household, as her husband, Kevin, and all five of their children are also graduates of MSU. The Yales reside in Minot and enjoy keeping up with their 11 grandchildren, golfing, and playing pickleball in their spare time.

Amanda Duchsherer
Administrative Coordinator

Amanda (Brunner) Duchsherer joined the Development Foundation in 2023 after working in the Minot State University communications and marketing offices for several years. A Surrey High School graduate, she received her Bachelor of Science with majors in management and marketing from Minot State in 2006. She and her husband, Joe, live south of Surrey with their two sons.