ST. PAUL, MINN. – Sen. LeRoy Stumpf’s (DFL-Plummer) 12 years of experience as the Senate’s Higher Education committee Chair will be put to good use during his appointment to the just-launched Blue Ribbon Committee. The newly formed committee launched by Governor Mark Dayton last week aims at enhancing the national prominence of the University of Minnesota Medical School. The Committee will work on forming strategies and investments to ensure the state’s medical school is a national leader in medical training, research and innovation.
“I have been able to witness first-hand just how talented and top-notch the University of Minnesota Medical School faculty and staff are at educating their students and caring for their patients. It’s an honor to be appointed to the Blue Ribbon Committee alongside so many other smart and dedicated health care leaders across the state,” said Sen. Stumpf.
The Blue Ribbon Committee is made up of University leaders, health system and other private sector leaders, legislators, and others. The Governor has asked the committee to provide a report with specific policy and budget recommendations to be considered during the upcoming 2015 session. The recommendations will be focused on four key goals which include sustaining the University’s national leadership in research and innovation, expanding the schools clinical services and addressing the state’s changing health care needs.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) appointed Sen. Stumpf to the committee; he discusses why the Senate’s senior-most member was a natural choice.
“I’m confident that Senator Stumpf will be an invaluable asset to this newly formed committee as it develops its legislative recommendations ahead of the 2015 session,” said Sen. Bakk. “Sen. Stumpf is a tireless advocate for the advancement of statewide higher education opportunities, he understands the role the legislature can play in enhancing the U of M’s Medical School and making sure it prepares tomorrow’s doctors and health care providers to care for patients in every corner of our state.”