Pamela Wheelock, commissioner of finance of the state of Minnesota, will address the University of St. Thomas Alumni Association’s First Friday Club luncheon at noon Friday, May 5, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, 35 S. Seventh St., Minneapolis.

Wheelock, appointed commissioner by Gov. Jesse Ventura in February 1999, heads a department of 180 employees and oversees the state’s financial affairs. Among her responsibilities are coordinating the development of the governor’s operating and capital budgets, providing financial management assistance to all state agencies and managing the state’s general obligation debt. The state Department of Finance also operates Minnesota’s accounting and payroll processes.

Prior to her appointment as finance commissioner, Wheelock directed the St. Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development and was executive director of the city’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Before working for Mayor Norm Coleman, Wheelock was city budget director under Mayor Jim Scheibel, was an executive budget officer for the state Department of Finance from 1986 to 1992, and worked as a legislative assistant for Congressman Tim Penny from 1982 to 1984.

Wheelock has an M.A. degree in applied economics from Marquette University and a B.A. in history from the College of St. Catherine.

On first Fridays of each month, October to June, the First Friday Club meets for lunch and a speaker of current interest. St. Thomas alumni and friends, along with the general public, are invited. Cost of each luncheon and presentation is $17.

On June 2 the annual series wraps up with a talk by William George, chairman and CEO of Medtronic Inc.

Reservations for the May luncheon are due at noon Tuesday, May 2. Early reservations are recommended as these luncheons fill quickly. For reservations and further information, call the St. Thomas Alumni Association, (651) 962-6430.