Transitions announced for three University leadership positions 

The University is creating search committees for three leadership positions across campuses.

President Joan Gabel attends the Board of Regents meeting discussing on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The Board of Regents holds a meeting each month.

Emily Urfer

President Joan Gabel attends the Board of Regents meeting discussing on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The Board of Regents holds a meeting each month.

by Maia Irvin

President Joan Gabel announced in a systemwide email Thursday that three University of Minnesota leaders will be transitioning out of their roles.

The University plans to begin searches for all three positions within the coming weeks and hopes to conduct public interviews during the spring 2022 semester. New appointments for these roles will then be announced before the end of the spring semester. 

The University is accepting nominations of individuals to serve on the search committees for these positions until Nov. 12. 

Lynn Black, chancellor on the Duluth campus since 2010, announced his decision to retire this year. Black will remain in his role as chancellor while the University searches for his successor. 

Black was in charge of new degree creation and student life programming among other responsibilities on the Duluth campus. Black promoted the arts, economic development and diversity, equity and inclusion on both the campus and within the Duluth community. He also advocated for student success, research and Duluth campus athletics. 

Michael Goh has served as vice president for the Office for Equity and Diversity since 2017 and recently announced his departure from the office. He plans to return to the College of Education and Human Development as a faculty member. 

As vice president, Goh worked to increase “representational diversity” at the University, improve the campus climate and build systemwide partnerships surrounding equity and diversity. 

The University is also launching a search for the next vice president for research after Chris Cramer’s departure in June. Michael Oakes has been serving as interim vice president since June and will continue to do so until the search process is complete.