Lawmakers to vote on four open regent seats

Regent Michael Hsu, Randy Simonson, Richard Beeson and Thomas Anderson’s seats are open.

The Board of Regents convene for their October 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Nur B. Adam

The Board of Regents convene for their October 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Hana Ikramuddin, Campus Administration Reporter

Four of the seats on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents are up for election this year.

Each regent on the 12-member board serves a six year unpaid term and is chosen by the Minnesota Legislature.

Elections are held every other year, with one-third of the seats up for reelection. One board member is chosen from each of the state’s eight congressional districts, while four are chosen from the state at-large. At least one at-large regent must be a student at the time of the election.

The seats up for election are from the 1st, 4th, 6th and 7th Congressional districts.

Regents Michael Hsu and Randy Simonson have applied to serve another term on the board, and the Regent Candidate Advisory Council recommended 12 candidates after interviews with 20 candidates in total.

Regents Richard Beeson and Thomas Anderson did not apply for another term on the board, according to the Star Tribune.

The candidates will speak about their perspectives on the University on Tuesday, Jan. 19 during the 2021 Regent Candidate Forum. Attendees of the forum are able to submit questions upon registration at the University’s Alumni Association website.