New regents selected to UMN’s Board of Regents; Hsu not reelected

The Minnesota State Legislature voted on the new board members Monday.

The University's Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

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The University’s Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

Abbey Machtig, Campus Administration Reporter

The Minnesota State Legislature voted to elect four new regents to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents Monday evening.

Michael Hsu, who served on the board since 2015, was replaced by Elk River attorney and engineer Kodi Verhalen for the Sixth District seat. Other new board members include doctor Ruth Johnson, University student James Farnsworth and Minnesota farmer Doug Huebsch.

These new board members will replace current regents Tom Anderson and Richard Beeson, who did not run for reelection, and Randy Simonson, who withdrew from the race in January.

Each regent will serve a six-year term on the board where they vote on major decisions impacting the University like budget changes and tuition increases, and drive long-term initiatives like the University’s recently-announced collaboration with Google.

The unpaid board is made up of one member from each of the state’s eight congressional districts and four from the state at-large. Four spots on the board were up for reelection this year.

Johnson, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic, was elected to the First Congressional district seat. Johnson will take the place of Simonson.

Farnsworth, a fourth-year student at the University, will occupy the Fourth District seat. Board policy requires that one board member be a student at the time of election. Though Farnsworth is a current University student, he was not elected to the student seat on the board. Regent Mike Kenyanya, a University of Minnesota Duluth alum elected to the board in 2019, will occupy the student seat until 2025.

Huebsch will take the place of Anderson and occupy the Seventh District seat.

This is a breaking news report. More information may be added as it becomes available.