The Regent Candidate Advisory Council on Friday, January 8, 2021 recommended 12 candidates to fill four open spots on the University Board of Regents. The recommendations came after a week of interviews with the 19 candidates who applied for the positions.
Sen. Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley), a member of the RCAC and the DFL lead on the Senate Higher Education Committee, was part of the interview process and said he was impressed with the caliber of candidates that applied.
“The University of Minnesota is our premier research institution and has a national reputation for excellence in academics, medicine and research,” said Sen. Clausen. “The Board of Regents has an important job to do in Minnesota and we need quality members of the board to help move the University and our state forward.”
The 12-member Board of Regents helps govern the University, sets its budget and works with the administration on all aspects of the University’s mission. Four of the twelve board seats are open for appointment every two years, each representing a six-year term. The positions to be filled this year are from Minnesota’s 1st, 4th, 6th and 7th Congressional Districts. Regents Richard Beeson (CD4) and Thomas Anderson (CD7) did not file for re-election; Regents Randy Simonson (CD1) and Michael Hsu (CD6) did file and were interviewed.
The candidates who were forwarded to the Legislature are:
CD1: Val Aarsvold, Ruth Johnson and Randy Simonson (incumbent).
CD4: Daryl Alkire, James Farnsworth and Karen Schanfield.
CD6: David Hoang, Michael Hsu (incumbent) and Kodi Verhalen
CD7: Doug Huebsch, Lucas Sjostrom and Michael Yost
The recommendations now go to the House and Senate Higher Education Committees, which will meet in a joint session to recommend candidates to the full Legislature. During a joint conference (House and Senate) of the Legislature, legislators will take the final vote on the Regents.
“I look forward to further discussion with the candidates and appreciate all the hard work the applicants put in to be part of the success of the University of Minnesota,” said Sen. Clausen. “It is an honor to work with so many talented people.”