ST. PAUL (Nov. 17, 2014) — The Regent Candidate Advisory Council (RCAC) is accepting applications for five seats on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. The twelve-member Board of Regents is the governing body of the University of Minnesota system and its five campuses, Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester and the Twin Cities.
Regents are unpaid volunteers who serve six-year, staggered terms. Four of the twelve Regent seats are open for election every two years. The four six-year terms to be filled in 2015 include one each from Minnesota’s first, fourth, sixth and seventh congressional districts. With the passing of Regent David Larson, a fifth position is also open for the third congressional district. It is a partial term that expires in 2017.
According to RCAC Chair Ardell Brede, ideal candidates will have a deep interest in higher education and an understanding of the role of the University of Minnesota as a major land grant and research institution. They will have experience in governing large complex institutions, a strong sense of fairness and appreciation for diversity, good listening skills and an awareness of the importance of the University’s education mission in challenging economic times.
“Serving as a member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents is one of the most important public service positions in our state,” said Brede. “From undergraduate education to cutting edge research, Regents oversee a wide array of issues important to both the University and our state’s quality of life.”
The RCAC was established by the Minnesota State Legislature and is responsible for recruiting, screening and recommending Regent candidates to the Legislature for election to the Board. From the pool of applicants, the RCAC will invite selected candidates for public interviews the week of January 5 – 9, 2015, and then will submit to a Joint Legislative Committee the names of two to four candidates for each open Regent position. The Joint Committee, in turn, makes recommendations of candidates for final approval by a Joint Convention of the Legislature. The Joint Convention will then elect regents to fill the vacancies.
Application materials are available on the RCAC website at: www.rcac.leg.mn. An application packet may also be requested by contacting Sally Olson, of the Legislative Coordinating Commission, at 651-296-9002. The application deadline has been extended from Monday, December 1, 2014 to Friday, December 5, 2014. Application forms must be received by 4:30 pm on Friday, December 5, 2014.