National Council Board
Susan G. Heegaard

Susan G. Heegaard

President Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)

Susan Heegaard is the president of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. Heegaard represented Minnesota, serving on MHEC’s Commission as a commissioner alternate from 2004-2009, during her time as commissioner of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. From 2013-2018, she worked as a senior consultant with HCM Strategists, a public policy firm, primarily with the Lumina Foundation Strategy Labs, connecting state and system leaders with effective approaches aimed at improved postsecondary education approaches and outcomes. She was also a vice president and education team leader for the St. Paul based Bush Foundation.

Heegaard has guided policy under two governors and a U.S. senator, worked for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the Minnesota Private College Council, and the Minnesota Planning Agency. Heegaard holds a law degree from Mitchell Hamline College of Law and a bachelor's in economics and government.

She began working for the Compact in November 2018.