Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to announce that Meghan Krause ’00 will join the College’s staff as the new Director of Wellbeing. Krause will provide vision and leadership for the College’s recently announced Wellbeing Initiative, which is being funded by a $250,000 gift from Tim ’83 and Elaine Peterson.
“I am passionate about advancing holistic approaches to community health and wellbeing. Serving as Director of Wellbeing presents a phenomenal opportunity to collaborate with students, faculty, staff, and alumni to create a culture of wellbeing at Gustavus,” Krause said. “With professional experiences and training in public health, integrative healing, marketing and communications, and higher education, I feel well-equipped to act as a catalyst for this important work.”
Krause was formerly a marketer for lifestyles of health and sustainability, helping launch two start-up companies focused on healthy people, products, and environments. Most recently, Krause served as Coalition Development Manager at BI WORLDWIDE, where she helped establish a mobile loyalty program for healthy living. Previously, Krause spent more than four years as Director of Sustainability and Strategy at an environmental marketing communications agency. She also developed educational materials for Blue Zones, the community wellbeing program that integrates global best practices in healthy longevity into people’s daily lives. In addition, Krause previously served as an instructor in the Communication Studies Department at Gustavus.
For the past 16 months, Krause has been a student and graduate research assistant at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, where she completed coursework in community health promotion, integrative health practices, and business planning. She also supported the Center for Integrative Leadership’s research and programming in regional economic and social vitality.
“Meghan’s personal mission is demonstrably aligned with that of the Gustavus Wellbeing Initiative,” said JoNes VanHecke, Vice President for Student Affairs. “She has spent her career preparing for this opportunity, with a blend of industry and academic experiences related to wellbeing, strategic partnerships, public health, and communications. I am excited that she will be returning to Gustavus.”
Krause holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Gustavus, a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Minnesota, and a master of public health degree from the University of Minnesota. Krause’s first day on campus will be Friday, Jan. 31.
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