Four U of M regent positions filled by Legislature

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The House and Senate met this week to choose four new regents to fill open spots on the University of Minnesota governing board.

Three women were chosen to fill four of the spots: one-fourth of the membership will now be women. A student regent from Duluth was also chosen to fill an open spot.

The newly elected regents include Janie Mayeron, from the fifth congressional district, Michael Kenyanya, student regent, and Mary Davenport and Kao Ly Ilean Her, regents at-large.

Appointing regents is a constitutional obligation of the Legislature. Only if the Legislature fails to appoint regents does the governor do so, and appointments by the governor are for a shorter time than appointments made by the Legislature.