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Open seats on the Board of Regents

From eNews, November 11, 2004

In 2005, four Board of Regents terms will expire, and the University of Minnesota community may see some new faces governing their school.

The four open seats are currently held by Regent Maureen Reed (at-large seat), Regent William Hogan (congressional District 3), Regent Dallas Bohnsack (congressional District 2), and Regent Anthony Baraga (congressional District 8). Regents Baraga and Bohnsack have indicated they will seek reelection to second terms; Regent Reed has announced she will not run, having completed eight years of service; and Regent Hogan is completing his second term and has not indicated his plans.

The 12-member Board of Regents is the University's governing body. In addition to appointing the president, the board is responsible for evaluating and approving major policies, long-range plans, and educational programs. Members are elected by the Minnesota Legislature and serve without pay for six-year terms. The legislature chooses one regent from each of Minnesota's eight congressional districts and four from the state at large. One of the four at-large regents must be a University student at the time of election.

In 1988, the legislature established the Regent Candidate Advisory Council to assist it in recruiting and identifying potential candidates. The council, which is made up of 24 legislative members, recommends two to four candidates for each open position.

If you are interested in applying for one of the open positions, see www.rcac.leg.mn. The application deadline is Monday, December 6.

For more information about the Board of Regents, see www.umn.edu/regents

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