Search underway for regent replacement

Stacy Jo

The Board of Regents’ chairman on Tuesday initiated the first effort to name a replacement for the board’s primary aide-de-camp.
Two weeks later than expected, Chairman William E. Hogan II announced the formation of a search committee to permanently fill the board’s executive director and corporate secretary position.
Regents had to take action to fill the position after former corporate secretary Steve Bosacker accepted the role of Gov. Jesse Ventura’s chief of staff on Dec. 15.
Hogan expressed his intent Jan. 3 to issue a memo outlining the search process within a day or two. The delay stemmed from efforts to draft a job description and keep contact between all members of the search committee, one of whom has been on vacation, he said.
Conducting business by phone complicated the process, Hogan added.
The corporate secretary handles the daily operations of the Board of Regents office, which includes providing research and information to the regents, reviewing regents’ policies and making arrangements for board meetings.
Hogan appointed a four-member search committee comprised of Robert Bergland, Board of Regents member; Tonya Brown, University President Mark Yudof’s chief of staff; Sara Evans, history professor and chairwoman of the Faculty Consultative Committee; and Greg Fox, vice chancellor for finance and operations at the University’s Duluth campus.
Hogan said he developed the committee with the input of other regents and members of the University’s administration, including Yudof. He said he also wants members to solicit feedback from the community on the process.
The search committee began accepting applications immediately; Hogan said some applicants have already sent in their resumes.
The committee will begin reviewing the applications on Feb. 8, but will accept them until the position is filled. Committee members hope to find a permanent replacement before April 1.
Greg Brown, who took over the position on an interim basis, said he plans to apply for the job.
“This could be new and wildly interesting — and that’s what it’s been so far,” Brown said.
Brown will continue to fill the position until a replacement is named.