By Cynthia Scott
du Bois with his backyard weather station
If the Guinness World Records had a category for most conversations with University of Minnesota experts, Jim du Bois (B.A. ’87) would hold the title. du Bois, president and chief executive officer of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association, is the voice of Access Minnesota, a weekly in-depth news program broadcast throughout Minnesota. As host, he frequently draws on University of Minnesota faculty experts to help make sense of a wide range of current affairs, from events in the Middle East to tourism. (Access Minnesota is a media partner of Minnesota.)
du Bois brings his boundless knowledge of and passion for the U to his new role as chair of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association board. He assumed his duties in July, succeeding Susan Adams Loyd (B.A. ’81).
“Ours is a great University, with distinguished alumni from all walks of life, from all parts of the world, all sharing a common experience. As chair, I’ll continue to support the work and evolution of the Alumni Association,” he says.
du Bois enjoys a number of pastimes, including tennis, reading, playing the guitar, resistance training, and restoring antique radios. A self-proclaimed “weather nerd,” he monitors the skies in the weather station he set up in the backyard of his Minneapolis home. He is married to Mary du Bois (B.A. ’88).