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Dr. Earl Potter: Trusted Friend, Adviser

June 14, 2016


Dear Initiative Foundation Friends and Partners,

Like many of you, our entire Initiative Foundation team was in a state of disbelief following the untimely death of St. Cloud State University President Dr. Earl H. Potter III, who was tragically killed on Monday, June 13, in a one-vehicle rollover in the Twin Cities.

Shortly after moving to the region Earl joined our Board of Trustees and, later, our Governance Committee. He brought important expertise related to higher education, strategic thinking and engaging emerging leaders and new neighbors across our region.

Earl was quick to engage in the wider community. He helped launch the Greater St. Cloud Community Priorities initiative, which led to the creation of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, and to champion diversity and inclusion by joining groups like St. Cloud’s Create CommUNITY steering committee. He played pivotal roles in a host of other local, regional and statewide initiatives, helping groups find a shared vision to make the area better for future generations.

A gifted associative thinker, you could count on Earl to listen closely, to synthesize and distill complex information, and to find relevant themes across diverse views that could be pulled together to help move a group to action. It was truly something to behold.

He was always positive. Always encouraging. Always respectful. Always focused on solutions.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Earl’s wife, Christine Marshall Potter, their children and their grandchildren. Earl was our friend, our partner, our guide and our adviser. He will be dearly missed.

Larry Korf, Chair, Initiative Foundation Board of Trustees

Kathy Gaalswyk, Initiative Foundation President

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