Board of Regents members considered for GOP chairman position

by Jenna Wilcox

On Monday, Politics in Minnesota reported the list of names being “floated” for the Minnesota GOP party chair Tony Sutton’s potential replacement, which included University of Minnesota Board of Regents members Steve Sviggum and Laura Brod. Both have served as state representatives prior to becoming regents.

According to the University’s Board of Regent policy, “a regent shall resign from the board upon officially announcing candidacy for any partisan elective public office.” But the board would need to consult with the school’s Office of the General Counsel to determine whether the chairman position would constitute as an elective public office.

Sviggum already found himself in a similar situation after his appointment to the board last spring when he was forced to give up his fellowship at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. An investigating ad-hoc group, comprised of three regents, found the conflict and recommended that Sviggum, give up one of his jobs.

According to the report, Sviggum’s role as a regent would have involved him in decisions affecting budgets, employee compensation and academic freedom that could impact him as an employee.

No official list of candidates has been released yet.