Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic Says U of MN Board of Regents Members Chosen By Legislature at Critical Time for University 

Robyn Gulley, Mary Turner, Tadd Johnson, Penny Wheeler Selected in Joint Session of House Senate Monday Evening 

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis) said the State Legislature’s selection of four University of Minnesota Board of Regents members Monday evening comes at a critical time for the institution that is so important to the future of the state. 

Dziedzic – whose district includes the University of Minnesota – supported West St. Paul City Council Member Robyn Gulley, Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary Turner, former Allina Health CEO Penny Wheeler, and current Regent Tadd Johnson, all of whom were selected during a joint session of the House and Senate. 

“Throughout our state’s history, the University of Minnesota has always been vitally important to the health and well-being of our state, with its connections rippling out to virtually every community,” said Leader Dziedzic. “The appointment of these members of the Board of Regents comes at a critical time for the University system. The Board will play a key role in the hiring of the University’s next president and will be entrusted to provide guidance and oversight on behalf of students, faculty, employees, and all Minnesotans.” 

“I want to thank the Regent Candidate Advisory Council and our counterparts in the House for a thorough process that preceded tonight’s vote,” said Senate Higher Education Committee Chair Omar Fateh (DFL-Minneapolis). “These candidates bring a rich diversity of personal and professional backgrounds to the Board of Regents. Their combined expertise in education, economics, labor, healthcare, and BIPOC issues will inform their decision making and steer the University of Minnesota system to a stronger future.”


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