Four new Regents chosen for University of Minnesota Board

The University of Minnesota will have four new Regents, including two additional women, after the House and Senate met this week to fill four positions up for re-election.

The 12-member board has eight seats representing Minnesota’s congressional districts and four at-large seats. The seats up this year were in Congressional Districts 1, 4, 6 and 7.

Regents elected were:

CD 1: Dr. Ruth Johnson (replacing Regent Randy Simonson, who did run for re-election)

CD 4: James Farnsworth (replacing Regent Richard Beeson who did not re for re-election)

CD 6: Kodi Verhalen (replacing Regent Michael Hsu who was defeated in his re-election bid)

CD 7: Doug Huebsch (replacing Regent Thomas Anderson who did not run for re-election)

James Farnsworth was the surprise election as he had not been forwarded to the full Legislature for re-election by the joint House and Senate Higher Education Committees and was nominated from the floor during the joint convention. He defeated Daryl Alkire and Karen Schanfield.

Johnson defeated Val Aarsvold; Verhalen defeated Hsu and Huebsch defeated Michael Yost.