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Perpich Board Gathers on Campus for Annual Board Retreat

Perpich Board members tour the Arts High School building as part of their day-long annual retreat.

August 26, 2022

The Perpich Board of Directors gathered on campus for their Annual Board Retreat on Thursday, August 25. For many of the members, it was their first time being on campus and seeing students engaged in the classroom. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the Board work has been done remotely.

The group started their retreat by touring campus with guides Rebecca Bullen, Arts High School Assistant Principal & Studio Arts Chair, and Anne Johnson, Admissions Director. They visited the Arts High School building, the Delta Dorm, and ending in the Gaia building for the remainder of their day. Agency leadership team members delivered department updates followed by Dr. Charles Rick, Executive Director, discussing the strategic plan update. Conn McCartan, Arts High School Principal, facilitated a discussion with the Board around the questions of “where have we been?” and “where are we going?” Board member, Steve Anderson, kicked off a Board discussion around the prompt of “I am a Perpich Board member because…” Agency staff will take the notes and ideas from the retreat to deliver a 12-18 month plan for the Board to consider at an upcoming Board meeting.

The Board of Perpich Center for Arts Education manages the Perpich Center agency. The Board of Directors, consisting of 16 members (including the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education or designee and 15 members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate), is responsible for policy and fiscal oversight of agency management and operations including a public residential arts high school, a statewide arts lending library, and professional development and resource programs. At least one member must be appointed from each congressional district, and no member may serve for more than two consecutive terms. Perpich Center for Arts Education provides all Minnesota students the opportunity to develop, enhance, and integrate their artistic and academic abilities to their highest potential.

Learn more about our board of directors here.