Kaler selects Pam Wheelock as new VP for U operations

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 14, 2012 - 9:01 PM

Pam Wheelock, an interim Blue Cross Blue Shield president, will take over university services from Kathleen O'Brien.

Pam Wheelock will be the University of Minnesota's next vice president of university services, the university announced Thursday.

Most recently, Wheelock was interim president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, where she served on its board of directors for nine years. She also was a vice president at the Bush Foundation; chief financial officer of Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the Minnesota Wild, and state finance commissioner under Gov. Jesse Ventura.

"Pam is a visionary, strategic and inclusive leader who is committed to high standards of excellence, integrity, accountability and stewardship," University President Eric Kaler said in a statement Thursday.

Wheelock is Kaler's latest in a series of hires to fill out his leadership team. She will replace Kathleen O'Brien, who is retiring after a decade in the position.

The vice president for university services is the U's chief operations officer, according to the university, overseeing more than 3,000 employees in daily operations and long-term planning.

Wheelock was one of three in the running for the spot. The others were Mike Berthelsen, the U's associate vice president of facilities management, and Tom Sorel, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Wheelock starts Aug. 15, pending July approval by the Board of Regents. For six weeks beforehand, Richard Pfutzenreuter, chief financial officer, will serve as the interim vice president for university services.

Jenna Ross • 612-673-716

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