University prepares for next stage of UMore project with leadership change
As the University of Minnesota prepares to start moving forward with development of its UMore Park property, the school’s board felt it was necessary to bring in someone with experience.
Starting in early June, Dale Glowa took the helm as the chief manager and president of UMore Development LLC. Glowa replaces longtime president Carla Carlson, who served in the position for eight years.
University of Minnesota chief financial officer Richard “Fitz” Pfutzenreuter said the university is at the stage in the project that they needed expertise they didn’t have. He applauded Carlson’s leadership as part of UMore and said she will continue in a different role at the university.
With a breadth of development experience, Pfutzenreuter said Glowa has the skills and experience to lead the project forward.
“He’s a great fit for us,” said Glowa.
Glowa’s primary task will be leading the master development of phase one of the project, which includes 738 acres of the UMore property. That task will include fostering economic development initiatives, collaborating with area businesses and government and creating new business opportunities.
“There’s lots of work to be done,” said Pfutzenreuter.
The vision for UMore Park is to build a sustainable community of 20,000 to 30,000 people. Plans call for a community that integrates environmental, socio-cultural and economic opportunities.
Glowa comes to the University of Minnesota from United Properties, a commercial real estate company. A senior vice president of development, Glowa worked out of the company’s Denver office.
Pfutzenreuter said Glowa was selected after a competitive selection process.